The Green Papers: Minnesota 2014 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 12 August 2014
✓ General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Tuesday 3 June 2014 - Filing Deadline - Primary/ Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 12 August 2014 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.
Tuesday 4 November 2014 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) to 8:00p CST (0200 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:5,314,879 (1.72% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:10(1.86% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
Capital:St. Paul
 

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Minnesota State and Local Government

Minnesota 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Primaries are held for the Republican, Democratic-Farmer-Labor, and Independence parties. Write-in votes are not allowed in a primary election (Minn. Stat. 204B.36, subd. 2) but are allowed in the General Election.


4 November 2014 General Election returns from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 113th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Amy J. Klobuchar
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator Amy J. Klobuchar
FEC S6MN00267

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator Al Franken
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2008 in a contested election resolved 30 June 2009 by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Sworn 7 July 2009.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 1,053,205 53.15% Senator Al Franken
FEC S8MN00438; 24 Nov 14; Tot $20,351,860; Dsb $21,095,305
  Candidate Republican 850,227 42.91% Michael "Mike" McFadden
FEC S4MN00346; 24 Nov 14; Tot $7,085,335; Dsb $7,023,330
  Candidate Independence 47,530 2.40% Steve Carlson
FEC S4MN00437
  Candidate Libertarian 29,685 1.50% Heather Johnson
FEC S4MN00445
  Candidate Scattering 819 0.04% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in; (Independence) 37 0.00% Jack Shephard
FEC S2MN00159
  Candidate Write-in; (Independence) 25 0.00% Stephen Williams
FEC S6MN00382
Total 1,981,528 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Democratic Governor Mark Dayton
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2010
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 989,113 50.07% Governor Mark Dayton
for Lieutenant Governor: Tina Smith
  Candidate Republican 879,257 44.51% Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson
for Lieutenant Governor: Bill Kuisle.
  Candidate Independence 56,900 2.88% Hannah Nicollet
for Lieutenant Governor: Tim Gieseke
  Candidate Grassroots 31,259 1.58% Chris Wright
for Lieutenant Governor: David Daniels
  Candidate Libertarian 18,082 0.92% Chris Holbrook
for Lieutenant Governor: Chris Dock
  Candidate Scattering 769 0.04% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in 15 0.00% Aj Janssen
for Lieutenant Governor: Letitia Rea
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 7 0.00% Merrill Anderson
for Lieutenant Governor: Mark Anderson
  Candidate Write-in 4 0.00% Dennis S. Ferche
for Lieutenant Governor: Jane Smith
Total 1,975,406 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 14 January 2014: Announced she will not run for re-election.

113th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2014, 2016. No Term Limit. 113th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (5 Renominated);
3 Republican (2 Renominated, 1 Open)

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 122,851 54.19% Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
FEC H6MN01174; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,566,509; Dsb $1,475,438
  Candidate Republican 103,536 45.67% James "Jim" Hagedorn
FEC H0MN01045; 24 Nov 14; Tot $240,931; Dsb $238,210
  Candidate Scattering 308 0.14% WRITE-IN
Total 226,695 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman John Paul Kline, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 137,778 56.04% Congressman John Paul Kline, Jr.
FEC H8MN06047; 24 Nov 14; Tot $2,768,974; Dsb $3,160,236
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 95,565 38.87% former state Representative Michael E. "Mike" Obermueller
FEC H2MN02122; 24 Nov 14; Tot $933,588; Dsb $932,761
  Candidate Independence 12,319 5.01% Paula Mirare Overby
FEC H4MN02136; 24 Nov 14; Tot $8,755; Dsb $8,472
  Candidate Scattering 172 0.07% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in 14 0.01% Andrew Richard Willmerg
Total 245,848 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 167,515 62.14% Congressman Erik Paulsen
FEC H8MN03077; 24 Nov 14; Tot $3,189,337; Dsb $2,584,295
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 101,846 37.78% Sharon Roberson Sund
FEC H2MN03062; 15 Oct 14; Tot $156,135; Dsb $127,647
  Candidate Scattering 224 0.08% WRITE-IN
Total 269,585 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman Betty McCollum
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 147,857 61.19% Congressman Betty McCollum
FEC H0MN04049; 24 Nov 14; Tot $860,735; Dsb $703,826
  Candidate Republican 79,492 32.90% Sharna Wahlgren
FEC H4MN04116; 24 Nov 14; Tot $120,627; Dsb $119,071
  Candidate Independence 14,059 5.82% Dave Thomas
FEC H4MN04124
  Candidate Scattering 229 0.09% WRITE-IN
Total 241,637 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman Keith Maurice Ellison
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 167,079 70.79% Congressman Keith Maurice Ellison
FEC H6MN05183; 24 Nov 14; Tot $2,070,722; Dsb $1,933,362
  Candidate Republican 56,577 23.97% Douglas James "Doug" Daggett
FEC H4MN05071; 31 Dec 14; Tot $41,565; Dsb $39,219
  Candidate Independence 12,001 5.08% Lee Bauer
FEC H4MN05089
  Candidate Scattering 353 0.15% WRITE-IN
Total 236,010 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman Michele M. Bachmann
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 29 May 2013: "After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided, next year, I will not seek a fifth ... term ... This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former Presidential campaign ... "
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Republican 133,328 56.29% former state Representative Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
FEC H4MN06087; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,976,701; Dsb $1,962,479
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 90,926 38.39% Joseph Emil "Joe" Perske
FEC H4MN06129; 24 Nov 14; Tot $223,413; Dsb $221,219
  Candidate Independence 12,457 5.26% John Denney
FEC H4MN06137; 24 Nov 14; Tot $5,908; Dsb $6,220
  Candidate Scattering 128 0.05% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in 7 0.00% Curtis Hed
Total 236,846 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman Collin Clark Peterson
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 130,546 54.21% Congressman Collin Clark Peterson
FEC H2MN07014; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,582,046; Dsb $1,543,308
  Candidate Republican 109,955 45.66% state Senator Torrey Norman Westrom
FEC H4MN07077; 24 Nov 14; Tot $1,024,164; Dsb $1,012,879
  Candidate Scattering 334 0.14% WRITE-IN
Total 240,835 100.00%  

Incumbent - 113th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list - 113th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 129,090 48.51% Congressman Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
FEC H2MN08111; 24 Nov 14; Tot $2,096,149; Dsb $2,033,628
  Candidate Republican 125,358 47.11% Stewart Mills
FEC H4MN08083; 24 Nov 14; Tot $2,129,032; Dsb $2,116,125
  Candidate Green 11,450 4.30% Ray "Skip" Sandman
FEC H4MN08091
  Candidate Scattering 185 0.07% WRITE-IN
Total 266,083 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic-Farmer Labor Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Open Seat - 5 June 2013: Announced he will not seek re-election. "My public service will take a different form. I don't know what it will be, but it won't be as Minnesota's next secretary of state. That will be for a new generation of leadership."
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 901,450 47.04% state Representative Steve Simon
  Candidate Republican 879,022 45.87% Dan Severson
  Candidate Independence 94,065 4.91% Bob Helland
  Candidate Libertarian 40,729 2.13% Bob Odden
  Candidate Scattering 1,134 0.06% WRITE-IN
Total 1,916,400 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election Democratic-Farmer Labor Attorney General Lori Swanson
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 1,014,714 52.60% Attorney General Lori Swanson
  Candidate Republican 752,543 39.01% state Senator Scott J. Newman
  Candidate Not readily classifiable 57,604 2.99% Dan R. Vacek
Legal Marijuana Now
  Candidate Independence 44,613 2.31% Brandan Borgos
  Candidate Libertarian 30,008 1.56% Mary O'Connor
  Candidate Green 28,748 1.49% former state Representative Andy Dawkins
formerly affiliated with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party
  Candidate Scattering 745 0.04% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 5 0.00% Sharon Anderson
Total 1,928,980 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

Seat up for regular election Democratic-Farmer Labor Auditor Rebecca Otto
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2014
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
Renominated - 12 August 2014 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 988,102 51.51% Auditor Rebecca Otto
  Candidate Republican 766,814 39.98% former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert
  Candidate Independence 76,845 4.01% Patrick "Pat" Dean
  Candidate Grassroots 55,132 2.87% Judith Schwartzbacher
Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis
  Candidate Libertarian 30,397 1.58% Keegan Iversen
  Candidate Scattering 800 0.04% WRITE-IN
Total 1,918,090 100.00%  
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 9 incumbents
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 3 incumbents, 14 candidates
  Republican: 3 incumbents, 15 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 5 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Conservative USA
  Grassroots: 2 candidates
  Independence (affiliates): 11 candidates
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable: 1 candidate
  Scattering: 13 candidates
  Write-in: 8 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/mncon/preamble.htm
Election Authority
  Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
  Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Minnesota House of Representatives
  Minnesota House of Representatives - DFL Caucus
  Minnesota Senate
  Minnesota State Legislature
  MN Senate GOP - Twitter
Democratic
  Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party
  Minnesota Senate - DFL Caucus
Republican
  Minnesota House of Representatives - Republican Caucus
  Republican Party of Minnesota
Third Party
  Conservative Party USA Minnesota
  Green Party of Minnesota
  Independence Party of Minnesota The Independence Party of Minnesota voted to affiliate with the Independence Party of America on 26 January 2008.
  Justice Party of Minnesota
  Legalize Marijuana Now Party
  Libertarian Party of Minnesota
  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
  The Unity Party of Minnesota
Media & others
  Anoka County Union - Coon Rapids
  Austin Daily Herald
  Brainerd Dispatch
  Cannon Falls Beacon
  DMOZ - Minnesota
  Duluth News Tribune- Duluth
  Echo Press - Alexandria
  KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul
  Lee Helgen for St. Paul, Minnesota City Council
  Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis
  Minnesota Progressive Project
  Minnesota Public Radio
  MinnPost - Minneapolis
  Morrison County Record - Little Falls
  Northfield.org
  Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul
  Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report
  Politics1.com - Minnesota
  Southwest Journal
  St. Paul Legal Ledger
  Star Tribune - Minneapolis
  The Annandale Advocate
  The Austin Daily Herald
  The Journal - New Ulm
  The West Central Tribune - Willmar
  Winona Daily News

 


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