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Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead, center, talks to former Rep. John Berns, left, and Browns Valley Mayor Jeff Backer at Saturday's Minnesota Republican Convention in St. Paul. Lanning said he continues to consider running for governor. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

Seifert leads in GOP convention 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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Finishing second was Rep. Tom Emmer, getting 23 percent in the non-binding poll. In third with 14 percent was former State Auditor Pat Anderson.

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