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Minnesota GOP governor candidate Johnson improving after surgery

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Minnesota Republican governor candidate Jeff Johnson is recovering after a Monday abdominal surgery.

Megan Fasching of Maple Grove Hospital said Tuesday that Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, "had successful surgery to treat a fairly common (gastrointestinal) condition. He tolerated the surgery well and is on the road to recovery. He should be back to normal health in a matter of days with no-long term effects."

Johnson's campaign sent reporters a Web link to a Mayo Clinic peptic ulcer page, which described the condition as "open sores that develop on the inside lining of your esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is abdominal pain."

He went to an urgent care clinic with pain Monday and was sent to the Maple Grove hospital.

Johnson is in a race against state Rep. Kurt Zellers, former state Rep. Marty Seifert and businessman Scott Honour. Republican voters will pick their party's nominee to face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton during the Aug. 12 primary election.

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