The Minnesota Farm Bureau political action committee endorsed Republican Tom Emmer for governor and a similar state Farmers Union organization picked Democrat Mark Dayton.
The ag organizations’ picks were no surprise. The Farm Bureau generally leans toward Republicans while the Farmers Union tends to favor Democratic-Farmer-Laborite candidates.
The Farm Bureau backed Republican Tim Pawlenty four years ago, the first year the committee made endorsements.
In its list of endorsements this year, the Farm Bureau picked mostly Republican legislative and congressional candidates. However, the statewide farm group did pick U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat. It did not endorse in southern Minnesotaâ€™s 1st Congressional District, in a race between Democratic incumbent Tim Walz and GOP challenger Randy Demmer.
Shortly after the Farm Bureau pick was made public, the Dayton campaign announced it won Farmers’ Union backing.
In its endorsement letter, Farmers’ Union President Doug Pederson said: â€œSen. Dayton is a known and trusted ally to rural Minnesota and farmers, and he can be counted on to be a strong advocate for agriculture.â€