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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz officially announced his bid for a second term on Tuesday.
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Driving the news: An announcement video seeks to make the case that the Minnesota Democrat's record of "making the tough calls and always trying to do what’s right" throughout the pandemic deserves another term.
"The fight’s not over but we’ve got the ball back — we’re on offense and we’re making progress, " Walz says in the two-minute digital ad.
A recent Minnesota Poll showed Walz's approval numbers dropping below 50%, highlighting potential political vulnerability heading into next year's midterm election.
COVID-19 and crime are expected to be major themes. All three leading GOP challengers have attacked the governor's handing of the pandemic.
Yes, but: Republicans haven't won statewide since 2006. To do so, they'll likely have to make inroads in the suburbs.
The intrigue: Rumors swirled this fall that Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan would part ways before the next election, but Flanagan is staying on the ticket as running mate.
She appears prominently in the announcement video, arguing that the pair will help the state "rebuild strong than we were before."
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