Created: 05/30/2014 7:09 PM KAALtv.com
By: Steph Crock
(ABC 6 News) -- Friday was the kickoff of the Republican Party of Minnesota Convention and it was right here in Rochester.
It was a busy day out there at the Mayo Civic Center, drawing in people by the hundreds and from all across the state. Though the GOP convention is going on all weekend, Friday's big focus was to endorse candidates for four major positions.
There was only one candidate in the running for state auditor and one for attorney general. Randy Gilbert got the endorsement for auditor. "I will serve you and our state with the fiscally conservative and fiscally responsible principals of our party and pledge to be our taxpayers first line of defense," he said before the announcement.
Scott Newman got the endorsement for attorney general. "I think you're going to have, for the first time in a very, very long time, a Republican attorney general for the state of Minnesota," said Newman beforehand as well.
There were two candidates vying for secretary of state. Dan Severson and John Howe, but while ballots were being counted, Howe announced he was withdrawing his name from the running. Severson got the endorsement. "All of the great ideas don't go anywhere without a strategy on how to win. Standing with me today is a part of a strategy in winning a statewide race," said Severson.
Last we checked, they were still counting ballots for the United States Senate endorsement. We'll have the latest for you on ABC 6 news at 10pm.