It will be the first time Rochester has hosted the GOP’s endorsing convention since 2014. Party leaders were planning to host its statewide gathering in Med City last year, but opted for a virtual convention in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The two-day convention will run May 13 and 14.
“It’s such an important part of the state. Third largest city. Obviously, now as Republicans, we hold this congressional district, and (will have) important legislative races on the ballot next year,” Carnahan said during an interview at the convention center. “It made sense to be here.”
In addition to endorsing a candidate for governor, the party will tap candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, and state auditor. Physician and former state Sen. Scott Jensen, Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy and businessman Mike Marti have declared their candidacies for the party’s endorsement.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and MyPillow’s Mike Lindell have also publicly expressed interest in the job, but Carnahan