BREAKING: Lori Swanson Fails To Receive DFL Endorsement

Attorney General Lori Swanson will no longer seek the DFL endorsement.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson will no longer be seeking the DFL endorsement in her re-election campaign.

In the first surprise of the 2018 DFL State Convention, Swanson has withdrawn her name for the DFL endorsement for attorney general.

Swanson made the announcement after failing to win 60 percent of the vote on the first ballot. Swanson won 52.2 percent of the vote and her rival, Matt Pelikan, won 47.2 percent of the vote.

Following Swanson’s withdrawal, Pelikan was endorsed by voice vote. Pelikan has campaigned to the left of Swanson, saying Swanson has been too cautious as attorney general.

In his acceptance speech, Pelikan rallied Democrats to “double down” on creating a “Minnesota that reflects our progressive values.”

GOP-endorsed candidate for attorney general Doug Wardlow was quick to respond to the news of Swanson’s withdrawal. Wardlow, who has criticized Swanson’s handling of the Somali daycare fraud scandal, said Minnesota voters are “tired of politicians who don’t get results.”

The upset has drawn mixed reactions on Twitter.






Swanson has not announced whether she will run in a primary against Pelikan.

Christine Bauman
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