The Green Papers: Minnesota 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 14 August 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 14 August 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CST (1300-0200 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


Primaries are held for the Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor.

Write-in votes are not allowed in a primary election but are allowed in the General Election [Minn. Stat. 204B.36, subd. 2].


2018 Election Dates and Candidate Filings from the Minnesota Secretary of State.


14 August Primary
Returns from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Results from FOX 9.
Results from Politico.
Results from The New York Times.


6 November 2018:
View your sample ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
FEC S6MN00267; 30 Sep 18; Tot $7,024,634; Dsb $3,867,569
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  James Wallace "Jim" Newberger
FEC S8MN00552; 30 Sep 18; Tot $176,486; Dsb $146,438
  Candidate Minnesota Green Party     Paula M. Overby
FEC S6MN00416
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now     Dennis Schuller
FEC S8MN00727
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Workers Party)     Helen Meyers

Class 2 Democratic Senator  Tina Flint Smith
Appointed: 13 December 2017 by Governor Mark Dayton (Democratic) re: resignation of Senator Al Franken's (Democratic).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 

Senator Al Franken (Democratic) who was first elected in 2008 announced his resignation on 20 December 2017 effective 2 January 2018. The 2008 election of Senator Al Franken (Democratic) was contested. It was resolved on 30 June 2009 by the Minnesota Supreme Court in Senator Al Franken's favor and he was sworn on 7 July 2009. Senator Franken was re-elected in 2014.

7 December 2017: Senator Franken: "... I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate...."
13 December 2017: Governor Mark Dayton (Democratic) announced that he would appoint Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith (Democratic) as the new Senator upon Senator Al Franken's (Democratic) resignation.
20 December 2017: Senator Franken announced his resignation effective 2 January 2018.
3 January 2018: Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is sworn.


Class 2
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Democratic
Seat up for special election: 2018 (presumably)
Special Election - 2018.
Next regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Senator  Tina Flint Smith
FEC S8MN00578; 30 Sep 18; Tot $7,411,230; Dsb $5,508,754
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Karin Housley
FEC S8MN00586; 30 Sep 18; Tot $3,289,095; Dsb $2,720,903
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now     Sarah Wellington
FEC S8MN00735
  Candidate Unaffiliated     Jerry Trooien
FEC S8MN00636; 30 Sep 18; Tot $1,322,379; Dsb $1,298,655

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

Chair up for regular election
Open
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Chair - 21 November 2016: Retiring at the end of his term.
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (4, 2 write-ins)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Peggy Flanagan
CD 1.
27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
  Candidate Republican     Hennepin County Commissioner  Jeff Johnson
for Lieutenant Governor: Donna Bergstrom
  Candidate Libertarian     Josh Welter
for Lieutenant Governor: Mary O'Connor
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis     Thomas Christopher "Chris" Wright
for Lieutenant Governor: Judith Schwartzbacker
Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Workers Party)     Jacquie Henderson
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Jeffrey Wharton
7 May 2018: "I may have officially left the race but I will be submitting as a write in candidate ...."

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

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach
3 January 2018: Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach (Republican) ascended to the office of Lieutenant Governor re: Governor Mark Dayton (Democratic) appointment of Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith (Democratic) as the new Senator re: Senator Al Franken's (Democratic) resignation.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor as former Governor Tim Pawlenty's running mate.
 Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith (Democratic), who was first elected in 2014, was appointed on 13 December 2017 by Governor Mark Dayton (Democratic) as the state's Class 2 Senator upon Senator Al Franken's (Democratic) resignation. Senator Franken resigned on 2 January 2018 and Tina Smith was sworn to the Class 2 Senate Seat on 3 January 2018.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (3 Open, 2 Renominated);
3 Republican (3 Renominated)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Congressman Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Daniel "Dan" Feehan
FEC H8MN01279; 30 Sep 18; Tot $3,140,920; Dsb $1,693,036
  Candidate Republican     James "Jim" Hagedorn
FEC H0MN01045; 30 Sep 18; Tot $1,198,113; Dsb $922,912

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Jason Mark Lewis
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Angela Dawn "Angie" Craig
FEC H6MN02131; 30 Sep 18; Tot $4,238,310; Dsb $2,475,085
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Jason Mark Lewis
FEC H6MN02149; 30 Sep 18; Tot $2,476,763; Dsb $1,341,844

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Erik Paulsen
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Dean Phillips
FEC H8MN03143; 30 Sep 18; Tot $4,030,718; Dsb $3,762,194
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Erik Paulsen
FEC H8MN03077; 30 Sep 18; Tot $5,183,358; Dsb $3,218,213

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Betty McCollum
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Betty McCollum
FEC H0MN04049; 30 Sep 18; Tot $803,070; Dsb $713,629
  Candidate Republican     Gregory Thomas "Greg" Ryan
FEC H6MN04236; 30 Sep 18; Tot $16,896; Dsb $6,705
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now     Susan Pendergast Sindt
FEC H6MN04269

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Congressman  Keith Maurice Ellison
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 5 June 2018: Candidate for Attorney General in 2018.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Ilhan Omar
FEC H8MN05239; 30 Sep 18; Tot $726,311; Dsb $564,664
  Candidate Republican     Jennifer L. "Jen" Zielinski
FEC H8MN05213; 17 Oct 18; Tot $21,323; Dsb $12,637
  Candidate Write-in; (Green)     Les Lester

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Ian Andrew Todd
FEC H8MN06096; 30 Sep 18; Tot $69,923; Dsb $55,153
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
FEC H4MN06087; 30 Sep 18; Tot $2,066,200; Dsb $1,272,172

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Collin Clark Peterson
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Collin Clark Peterson
FEC H2MN07014; 30 Sep 18; Tot $1,241,810; Dsb $666,060
  Candidate Republican     David Russell "Dave" Hughes
FEC H6MN07304; 30 Sep 18; Tot $211,063; Dsb $153,018

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Congressman  Richard Michael "Rick" Nolan
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 9 February 2018: "... I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for reelection, and will retire at the end of the current term."
3 June 2018: Ran for but did not receive his party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     former state Representative Joseph "Joe" Radinovich
FEC H8MN08068; 30 Sep 18; Tot $1,546,558; Dsb $993,788
  Candidate Republican     St. Louis County Commissioner  Pete Stauber
FEC H8MN08043; 30 Sep 18; Tot $1,382,777; Dsb $963,397
  Candidate Independence; (Green)     Ray Henry John "Skip" Sandman
FEC H4MN08091; 30 Sep 18; Tot $17,541; Dsb $12,546

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

Seat up for regular election Democratic-Farmer Labor Secretary of State  Steve Simon
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Secretary of State  Steve Simon
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator John Howe
  Candidate Independence     William Denney

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic-Farmer Labor Attorney General  Lori Swanson
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 4 June 2018: State she would run for Governor after she did not receive her party's endorsement for Attorney General.
14 August 2018: Did not receive her party's nomination for Governor.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Keith Maurice Ellison
Congressman CD 5.
5 June 2018: Candidate for Attorney General in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Doug Wardlow
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis     Noah M. Johnson
Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic-Farmer Labor Auditor  Rebecca Otto
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 9 January 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
4 June 2018: "I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign for Governor."
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Julie Blaha
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Pam Myhra
  Candidate Libertarian     Chris Dock
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now     Michael Ford
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 9 incumbents
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 3 incumbents, 14 candidates
  Republican: 4 incumbents, 15 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 2 candidates
  Minnesota Green Party (affiliate of Green): 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis: 2 candidates
  Independence (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Justice Party
  Legal Marijuana Now: 4 candidates
  Right to Life
  Socialist Workers Party: 2 candidates
  Unity
Independents
  Unaffiliated: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 4 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.

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 Senate
  Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus
  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
  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
  Austin Daily Herald
  Brainerd Dispatch
  Cannon Falls Beacon
  Duluth News Tribune- Duluth
  Echo Press - Alexandria
  KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul
  Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis
  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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