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Carol Campbell of Bemidji reads up on governor candidate Tom Emmer Saturday as she tries to decide among three candidates. She was preparing to vote in a straw poll at the Republican state convention.

Seifert takes first in GOP poll

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ST. PAUL -- Marty Seifert took an early lead in the first statewide measure of Minnesota's Republican 2010 governor race.

The state representative from Marshall collected 37 percent of the vote in a GOP state convention straw poll, a convincing victory in a nine-candidate field.

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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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