The Green Papers: Minnesota 2015 General Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2015. Find 2016 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
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 but are allowed in the General Election [Minn. Stat. 204B.36, subd. 2].


SF 1205, introduced by Republican state Senators Julianne E. Ortman, Scott J. Newman, Karin Housley, Eric R. Pratt, and John C. Pederson on 26 February 2015, would move the state's partisan Primary from 2nd Tuesday in August and create concurrent partisan and Presidential Primaries on the last Tuesday in March (29 March 2016).

HF 1567, introduced by state Representative Joe Hoppe (Republican) on 9 March 2015, is identical to SF 1205.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th 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 Democratic Senator Al Franken
First elected: 2008 in a contested election resolved 30 June 2009 by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Sworn 7 July 2009. Re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator Al Franken
FEC S8MN00438

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Mark Dayton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (5 Undetermined);
3 Republican (1 Open, 2 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
FEC H6MN01174; 30 Sep 15; Tot $503,989; Dsb $337,169
  Candidate Republican     James "Jim" Hagedorn
FEC H0MN01045; 30 Sep 15; Tot $68,553; Dsb $59,487

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman John Paul Kline, Jr.
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 3 September 2015: Not seeking re-election.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Angela Dawn "Angie" Craig
FEC H6MN02131; 30 Sep 15; Tot $834,967; Dsb $201,832
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Roger Kittelson
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Mary Lawrence
FEC H6MN02123; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,541,264; Dsb $288,048
  Candidate Republican     David James Benson-Staebler
FEC H6MN02180
  Candidate Republican     David Adam Gerson
FEC H2MN02130; 30 Sep 15; Tot $61,379; Dsb $23,492
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator John Sterling Howe
FEC H6MN02164
    Republican     Congressman John Paul Kline, Jr. - apparently not a candidate
3 September 2015: Not seeking re-election.

FEC H8MN06047; 30 Sep 15; Tot $744,892; Dsb $459,202
  Candidate Republican     Jason Mark Lewis
FEC H6MN02149
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Pamela J. 'Pam" Myhra
FEC H6MN02156
  Candidate Not readily classifiable     Andrew Richard Willmert
Party affiliation: Solutions For America

FEC H6MN02172

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Erik Paulsen
FEC H8MN03077; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,105,706; Dsb $466,602

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Democratic Congressman Betty McCollum
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Betty McCollum
FEC H0MN04049; 30 Sep 15; Tot $294,239; Dsb $216,795

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Democratic Congressman Keith Maurice Ellison
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman Keith Maurice Ellison
FEC H6MN05183; 30 Sep 15; Tot $720,803; Dsb $678,922
  Candidate Republican     Douglas James "Doug" Daggett
FEC H4MN05071; 30 Sep 15; Tot $67; Dsb $1,052

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
FEC H4MN06087; 30 Sep 15; Tot $685,076; Dsb $513,663
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Robert Randolph "Bob" Helland
Party affiliation: Best of Both

FEC H6MN06157

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 7 Democratic Congressman Collin Clark Peterson
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman Collin Clark Peterson
FEC H2MN07014; 30 Sep 15; Tot $385,323; Dsb $132,008
  Candidate Independent     Kevin "Bird" Winge

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 8 Democratic Congressman Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
FEC H2MN08111; 30 Sep 15; Tot $701,088; Dsb $234,136
  Candidate Republican     Stewart Mills
FEC H4MN08083; 31 Mar 15; Tot $1; Dsb $299

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Secretary of State Steve Simon
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Attorney General Lori Swanson
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Auditor Rebecca Otto
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 

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, 1 candidate
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 3 incumbents, 9 candidates
  Republican: 3 incumbents, 10 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Conservative USA
  Independence (affiliates)
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable: 1 candidate
 
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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  2015 Partisan Composition by State  
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  Political Parties  
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  Senate Electoral Classes  
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  Statewide Political Party Strength going into the 2014 Midterm Election  
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  Relative Political Party Strength by SECTION and Region going into the 2014 Midterm Election  
  Relative Political Party Strength by SECTION and Region coming out of the 2014 Elections  
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  Comparative Political Party Predominance in each State, 2000 thru 2014  
2014 CONGRESSIONAL Political Party Breakdown by SECTION and Region
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History
  Political Party Floor Leaders in the Congress of the United States  
  Dates of DIRECT PRIMARY Elections re: Major Party Nominations for Statewide and/or Federal Office  
  Length of Terms of Office of STATE Governors throughout American History  
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