Karen Nelson, left, and Evelyn Paulson read through letters from straw poll candidates Tuesday during a Republican caucus at Willmar Middle School. The caucuses were the beginning of what is new to many Republicans: a path to an Aug. 12 primary election contest. Several candidates in both the Senate and governor races expect to continue their campaigns into primary races beyond the May 30-31 state convention in Rochester. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Ortman leads GOP Senate poll; race tight for governor
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans appeared to have given Julianne Ortman the edge for U.S. Senate in an early snapshot of this year's campaigns, but Tuesday night they were not so clear on who they favor for governor.
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