The plucky third party that has factored heavily in the last four Minnesota governor races is sorting out its role as the next campaign for the top state office begins to take shape.
As the 2014 campaign approaches, Independence Party leaders are discussing whether to go hard at the governor's race or try some other statewide contests where they might do better.
The IP needs at least 5 percent in one statewide race to keep its guaranteed line on the ballot, as well as access to public campaign subsidies.
Tom Horner, the 2010 nominee for governor, says the IP might do better to focus on the Senate race.
Party Chairman Mark Jenkins says he thinks candidates for governor will step forward, perhaps by fall.