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Mnnesota Republican governor candidate Jeff Johnson celebrates his primary election victory Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Behind him are Rep. Kurt Zellers, left, and former Rep. Marty Seifert, two of the candidates Johnson defeated but now say they support him. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Republicans fall in behind Johnson

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ST. PAUL -- It is one thing for defeated politicians to back their conqueror, but quite another for rank-and-file supporters to do the same.

As Jeff Johnson was edging his way toward victory in Tuesday's Republican governor primary election, backers of other candidates were saying they could accept any of the four main hopefuls. And they said that the just-completed primary race, testy toward the end, may have been a good thing.

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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.
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