Emmer lost to Governor Mark Dayton by a few thousand votes in 2010 — a year of many Republican wins in Minnesota. His candidacy was damaged by a remark about waiters making $100,000 a year and his opposition to gay and lesbian rights. Emmer’s opposition to gay rights gained media attention when activists boycotted Target Corp. for donating to a fund that backed Emmer.
Prior to running for governor, Emmer served in the Minnesota Legislature. He now co-hosts a morning AM radio talk show on a conservative Twin Cities talk station. He and his co-host, Bob Davis, have been caught up in controversies about inflammatory remarks the pair have made on several occasions, including a recent outburst in which Davis told the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting to “go to hell” because of their campaign for gun-safety measures in the wake of the massacre of 26 first graders and their teachers.
Bachmann announced last week that she will not seek election to a fifth term.
Above: Emmer supporters talk about the candidate
Below: Full video of announcement