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Gov. Dayton picks chief of staff as running mate

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton did not look far to find a new running mate.

He announced Tuesday that his chief of staff, Tina Flint Smith, will replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon on this year's ballot.

State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, was a prominent frontrunner for the vacancy but announced last week that she was not interested in the position.

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