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Seifert optimistic on race for governor

September 26, 2009
By Rae Kruger

Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, will know in a week if he will continue his run for governor of Minnesota. The Republic Caucus is Saturday in St. Paul.

While many political analysts consider Seifert a front runner in the race, Seifert said the caucus will be the evidence of his status in the race.

"I'm confident I finish in the top three," Seifert said of the caucus vote taken of all nine Republican candidates in the race.

"If you are not in the top three you have to take a look at pulling out," Seifert said.

The demands of time and money would make it difficult for a non-top three finisher, especially one who finished sixth or seventh, to continue, Seifert said.

Seifert said Friday the campaign schedule has been busy. The Associated Press released this week Seifert's seven-point plan which includes longer waiting periods for new residents applying for welfare, eased permitting rules for businesses and new ethics standards for public officials.

Although he expects support in Saturday's caucus, Seifert said he's concerned about the number of outstate caucus members who will be able to attend.

The numbers should be good from Lyon County but western Minnesota could be weak, Seifert said.

"Frankly, I don't think the turnout will be good," Seifert said. "We could be half to two-thirds empty."

The caucus changed from a September date to this Saturday and that change caused conflicts. Delegates are also busy farming, with weddings and other obligations, Seifert said.

Seifert heads to the caucus after what he said was a successful stint at the Minnesota State Fair. Seifert was the only candidate for governor with a booth. "We signed up a 1,000 volunteers at the state fair," Seifert said.



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