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Three of eight Republican candidates who debated Friday night show different expressions. From left are Rep. Tom Emmer, former Rep. Bill Haas and Sen. David Hann.

GOP governor candidates seek votes

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ST. PAUL - Eight Minnesota Republican governor candidates agreed there is no need to raise taxes to fix the state budget deficit, but in front of 550 party activists Friday night each offered his own reason to get party support.

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Friday night's debate preceded today's convention, a St Paul gathering of state Republican activists that would be routine except for a straw poll to determine who they like for governor 14 months before the next election.

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