DFL candidates launch TV commercials

Two Democratic-Farmer-Labor statewide candidates are airing television commercials, joining the three major governor candidates and a bunch of independent organizations.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s first commercial of the year, a 30-second spot, features him talking about his commitment to Minnesota voters.

Republican Rep. Dan Severson is challenging Ritchie.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto released both a television commercial and a Web video.

Otto’s TV spot is called “Excellence in Accountability,” named after an award she received from a national auditors’ association.

Her campaign Web site also is rolling out what are called “online doorknocks,” so-called because Otto does not have a chance to knock on every Minnesotan’s door, but in the videos she says what she would say if she could meet all voters.

New Web videos are expected for the next seven days.

Otto’s major opponent is the Republican woman she beat in 2006, former Auditor Pat Anderson.

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