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Jan 31, 2014 at 5:46 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Dave Thompson's selection of a running mate starts a parade of political pairings in Minnesota's race for governor.

Thompson on Thursday announced that Michelle Benson, a fellow state senator, joined his ticket. He says she's a skilled legislator of impeccable character who has a philosophy similar to him.

Thompson is one of seven Republicans in the field. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is also choosing a new No. 2 because Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon has ruled out a second term.

Thompson's campaign hinges on securing the GOP's convention endorsement, a process that starts with Tuesday's caucuses. The early pick of Benson gives him another campaigner. Thompson is a state senator from Lakeville.

Benson was first elected in 2010 and lives in Ham Lake with her husband and three children.

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