Oct 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump endorses Republican Scott Jensen in Minnesota governor's race

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Former President Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Nevada on Oct. 8. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Former President Trump endorsed Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen late Tuesday.

Why it matters: Jensen, a physician and former state senator, had previously sidestepped questions about whether he was seeking Trump's endorsement, telling reporters that he was focused on Minnesota, not national politics.

  • In a statement issued early Thursday, Jensen said he has "not actively sought the endorsement of political leaders," but is "grateful for those who have recognized our ability to lead."
  • Jensen is challenging incumbent DFL Gov. Tim Walz in the Nov. 8 midterm election.

What he's saying: In a post on Truth Social, the former president praised Jensen as a candidate who will "bring Minnesota back from the brink," calling him "strong on both fighting crime and delivering solid and sensible education."

  • "The results will be quickly seen — and there won't be any more fiery takeovers of police precincts," Trump wrote, referencing the burning of Minneapolis' Third Police Precinct following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.

Flashback: Trump made several 2020 campaign stops in Minnesota after coming within 2 percentage points of flipping the state in 2016.

  • He lost the state to President Biden by 7 percentage points.

Of note: The Jensen endorsement came hours after Trump announced his backing of Kim Crockett, the party's nominee for Minnesota secretary of state.

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