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Published August 11, 2010, 08:04 AM

Dayton wins Democratic primary for Minn. governor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Dayton has won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota governor in a bid to rebuild a political career scarred by a frustrating six years in the U.S. Senate.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Dayton has won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota governor in a bid to rebuild a political career scarred by a frustrating six years in the U.S. Senate.

Dayton beat the Minnesota House speaker and a former Democratic legislator in Tuesday's primary. He'll face Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer and the Independence Party's Tom Horner in November. GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn't seek a third term.

Dayton has promised a new top tax bracket to help deal with a massive deficit. Emmer says he'd balance the books through spending cuts alone.

The Democratic Party backed House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who was trying to become Minnesota's first female governor.

But Dayton relied on personal wealth and high name ID to beat Kelliher and the race's top spender, Matt Entenza (en-TEN'-zah).

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