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DFLers also looking to knock off Dayton

      Only 12 days to go before Minnesota’s primary election. In the races for governor, five Republicans are vying to move on to the Nov. 4 general election for a shot at knocking off incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

      But Dayton, with lieutenant governor running mate Tina Smith, has to hold off a pair of DFL challengers himself on Aug. 12.

      While Monday’s Opinion page featured commentaries from the Republican hopefuls for governor, today’s page is devoted to the DFL gubernatorial candidates. Dayton, unfortunately, didn’t respond to an invitation from the News Tribune to write a commentary about his candidacy. But his DFL challengers jumped at the opportunity, both of them supporting the full legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Minnesota.