Lexington, Minnesota mayor to announce he's running for governor on Thursday

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Lexington, Minnesota Mayor Mike Murphy will officially become the first to announce a bid for Minnesota's 2022 gubernatorial race on Thursday.

WCCO Radio political analyst Blois Olson joined Dave Lee during the WCCO Radio Morning News to discuss Murphy's run.

"I think he'll get this kind of kicked off and we will see what kind of support he gains and how much resources he has," Olson said. "It reminds us all that we do have a governor's race right around the corner."

Murphy's announcement comes the same week Governor Tim Walz's campaign announced record-setting fundraising numbers for a governor, two years into office.

According to the Walz campaign, they have raised just over $1.7 million since taking office in January 2019.

"Governor Walz has not made a public announcement that he's running for reelection," said Professor Larry Jacobs at the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. "He's clearly building a substantial war chest and he's starting to hire some of the best talent in the state who can work on the campaign."

Murphy, who is running as a Republican, will make his announcement in a live video at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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