Minnesota’s Walz seeks 2nd term against vax skeptic Jensen
By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrat Tim Walz is seeking a second term against Republican Scott Jensen, a family physician who first grabbed attention with his vaccine skepticism before hammering Walz on economic and crime issues during the fall campaign.
A victory for Jensen on Tuesday would break Democrats’ 12-year grip on the office.
Walz is a former congressman and high school football coach who led Minnesota through the COVID-19 pandemic and the sometimes-violent unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020.
Jensen and the GOP have ripped him for what they say were draconian shutdowns during the pandemic, and for doing too little to top the sometimes violent protests that followed Floyd’s death.