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Tim Pawlenty, right, and Carol Molnau celebrate their endorsement at the 2002 state Republican convention in St. Paul. Pawlenty and his running mate had to wait until 3 a.m. to find out they won. Tribune file photo by Don Davis

Republicans ready to pick candidate to succeed Pawlenty


MINNEAPOLIS -- It took Republicans until 3 a.m. to pick their governor candidate the last time two major candidates fought for endorsement. No one expects that to happen Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, when the party will pick its 2010 governor candidate.

The 13-ballot marathon needed to choose between Tim Pawlenty and Brian Sullivan may be unlikely, but neither is a one-ballot endorsement some Republican activists predict, the party chairman said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.