The Green Papers: Minnesota 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 11 August 2020
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Tuesday 2 June 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 11 August 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships.
Tuesday 18 August 2020 - Filing Deadline - President.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - 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 
2022-2030 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
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 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Primaries are held for the Republican, Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Legal Marijuana Now, and Grassroots-Legalize Marijuana Parties.

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


2019-2022 Election Dates and Candidate Filing Periods from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Primary Candidates from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

11 August 2020 Primary results from a media source.

11 August 2020 Primary returns from the Minnesota Secretary of State

General Election Candidates from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

3 November 2020 results from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

3 November 2020 write-in votes from the Certificates of Ascertainment.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 10 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020
 Candidate list (9, 22 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 1,717,077 52.40% former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.
for Vice President: California Senator Kamala D. Harris
(10 Electoral Votes)
FEC P80000722; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,064,613,463; Dsb $1,063,053,521
  Candidate Republican 1,484,065 45.28% President Donald John Trump
for Vice President: Vice President Michael R. "Mike" Pence
FEC P80001571; 23 Nov 20; Tot $717,303,371; Dsb $718,174,436
  Candidate Libertarian 34,976 1.07% Jo Jorgensen
for Vice President: Jeremy "Spike" Cohen
FEC P00013524; 23 Nov 20; Tot $3,405,357; Dsb $3,373,521
  Candidate Green 10,033 0.31% Howie Gresham Hawkins
for Vice President: Angela Nichole Walker
FEC P00012211; 23 Nov 20; Tot $495,566; Dsb $476,095
  Candidate Scattering 8,721 0.27% WRITE-IN
Certificate of Certificates of Ascertainment has a breakout of 1,244 named write-ins. The total number of write-ins is 9,965.
  Candidate Independent 7,940 0.24% Kanye "Deez Nutz" West
for Vice President: Michelle Tidball
FEC P00016741; 23 Nov 20; Tot $14,442,390; Dsb $12,135,513
  Candidate Independent 5,651 0.17% Brock Jeffrey Pierce
for Vice President: Karla Marie Ballard
FEC P00016550; 23 Nov 20; Tot $6,347,587; Dsb $6,315,486
  Candidate Independence-Alliance 5,611 0.17% Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, Jr.
for Vice President: Darcy G. Richardson
FEC P60016342; 23 Nov 20; Tot $14,220,189; Dsb $14,208,041
  Candidate Socialism and Liberation 1,210 0.04% Gloria Estela La Riva
for Vice President: Leonard Peltier
FEC P80005572; 23 Nov 20; Tot $43,674; Dsb $39,726
  Candidate Write-in; (American Solidarity) 1,037 0.03% Brian T. Carroll
for Vice President: Amar Patel
FEC P00013771
  Candidate Socialist Workers Party 643 0.02% Alyson Kennedy
for Vice President: Malcolm M. Jarrett
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 112 0.00% Mark Robert Charles
for Vice President: Adrian Wallace
FEC P00012039; 23 Nov 20; Tot $157,733; Dsb $155,506
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution) 75 0.00% Don Blankenship
for Vice President: William Alan Mohr
FEC P00014209; 20 Dec 20; Tot $83,880; Dsb $83,880
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 12 0.00% Thomas "Tom" Hoefling
for Vice President: Andy Prior
  Candidate Write-in 2 0.00% Michael Arthur "Mike" Laboch
for Vice President: Raechelle L. Pope
FEC P00017293
  Candidate Write-in 2 0.00% Jason Alexander Stanek
for Vice President: Taylor Motari
FEC P00017475
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% Frederick Michael Carl Frederickson
for Vice President: Todd William Larson
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% Ryan J. Gilmer
for Vice President: Brent S. Duncan
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% Shawn W. Howard
for Vice President: Alyssa C. Howard
FEC P00011189; 23 Nov 20; Tot $3,386; Dsb $3,281
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 1 0.00% Dario David Hunter
for Vice President: Dawn Neptune Adams
FEC P00010124; 23 Nov 20; Tot $33,396; Dsb $31,461
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 0 0.00% Barbara Ruth Bellar
for Vice President: Kendra Ann Bryant
FEC P00012799
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated) 0 0.00% President R19 Boddie
for Vice President: Eric C. Stoneham
Filed as R19 Boddie

FEC P00017202
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Katherine "Kate" Forbes
for Vice President: Heath King
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Andrew Palmiscno
for Vice President: Kyle Palmiscno
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 0 0.00% Albert L. Raley
for Vice President: Darlene Raley
  Candidate Write-in; (No Affiliation) 0 0.00% Deborah Ann "Debbie" Rouse
for Vice President: Sheila Marie Cannon
FEC P00005207
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Mary Ruth Caro Simmons
for Vice President: Sherrie Dow
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Marcus Errellius Sykes
for Vice President: James Edward McFadden
FEC P00013417
  Candidate Write-in; (Non Affiliated) 0 0.00% Kasey J. Wells
for Vice President: Rachel M. Wells
FEC P00007864
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Patrick Whitcomb
for Vice President: Jason Horine
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Demetra Jefferson Wysinger
for Vice President: Cedric D. Jefferson
FEC P00013581
Total 3,277,171 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2012, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Amy J. Klobuchar
FEC S6MN00267
 10 February 2019: "I stand before you ... to announce my candidacy for President of the United States."
2 March 2020: Dropped out of the President contest and endorsed former Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. after coming in 6th place in South Carolina.

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator  Tina Flint Smith
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
Appointed: 13 December 2017 [re: resignation of Senator Al Franken (Democratic)]; first elected in a Special Election: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 7 write-ins)
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 1,566,522 48.74% Senator  Tina Flint Smith
FEC S8MN00578; 23 Nov 20; Tot $16,421,484; Dsb $15,849,267
  Candidate Republican 1,398,145 43.50% former Member of Congress  Jason Mark Lewis
Unsuccessful candidate for election Congress: 1990; first elected 2016; unsuccessful candidate for reelection: 2018.

FEC S0MN00328; 23 Nov 20; Tot $7,114,445; Dsb $6,723,641
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now 190,154 5.92% Kevin O'Connor
FEC S0MN00393
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis 57,174 1.78% Oliver Steinberg
FEC S0MN00385
  Candidate Scattering 2,261 0.07% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Robert Paul "Rob" Barrett, Jr.
FEC S0MN00294; 30 Sep 20; Tot $35,975; Dsb $36,369
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     John L. Berman
FEC S0MN00351
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic)     Stephen W. Carlson
FEC S4MN00437
  Candidate Write-in     George A. Dennis, Jr.
  Candidate Write-in     Josh D. Ondich
  Candidate Write-in     Jason U. Shaver
Total 3,214,256 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Democratic Governor  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
First elected: 2018
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
First elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Renominated);
5 Democratic (5 Renominated)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  James "Jim" Hagedorn
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated -
20 February 2020: Announced he is being treated for Stage 4 kidney cancer.
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 179,234 48.59% Member of Congress  James "Jim" Hagedorn
FEC H0MN01045; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,419,457; Dsb $2,326,236
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 167,890 45.52% Daniel "Dan" Feehan
FEC H8MN01279; 23 Nov 20; Tot $4,881,810; Dsb $4,873,215
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis 21,448 5.81% Bill Rood
FEC H0MN01136
  Candidate Scattering 284 0.08% WRITE-IN
Total 368,856 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Angela Dawn "Angie" Craig
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated -

Due to the death of General Election candidate Adam Charles Weeks on 21 September 2020, a special election for this seat will be called for 9 February 2021. When a major party nominee (the "Legal Marijuana Now" Party is a major party in Minnesota) dies within 79 days of Election Day, a special election is held for that office on the second Tuesday of February. The state canvassing boards will not certify the vote totals from the 3 November general election for this office.
Reference: Secretary of Stae Simon Releases Statement on Death of CD2 Candidate

The Democratic nominee is suing to have the election in November because Federal law requires Congressional elections to be held in November. U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright will hear Craig v Simon, 0:20cv-2066, on Wednesday 7 October at 9am.

9 October 2020: The 3 November election for this office is restored. Adam Charles Weeks's name remains on the ballot. U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright enjoined Stat. § 204B.13. that requires postponing the election date for when a major political party candidate for that seat dies within 79 days before the general election. "Minnesota Statutes Section 204B.13 shall not be enforced as to Minnesota's Second Congressional District race in the 3 November 2020 general election..." Case No. 20-cv-2066 ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO INTERVENE AND GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION.

9 October 2020: The Republican nominee, Tyler Kistner, appealed the District Court decision that the election must be held on 3 November 2020 and asked the U.S. District Court to stay the order. Craig v Simon, 20-3126.

22 October 2020: A 3-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Tyler Kistner's appeal. Kistner has stated he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

27 October 2020: The Supreme Court rejected the appeal

 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 204,534 48.18% Member of Congress  Angela Dawn "Angie" Craig
FEC H6MN02131; 23 Nov 20; Tot $5,632,286; Dsb $4,689,597
  Candidate Republican 194,954 45.92% Tyler Kistner
2 May 2020: Received his party's endorsement.

FEC H0MN02134; 31 Dec 20; Tot $2,999,698; Dsb $2,941,643
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now 24,751 5.83% Adam Charles Weeks
21 September 2020: Adam Charles Weeks, 38, passed away unexpectedly. His name remains on the General Election ballot.
4 October 2020: The party nominated Paula Overby as a replacement candidate.

FEC H0MN02167
  Candidate Scattering 273 0.06% WRITE-IN
Total 424,512 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Dean Phillips
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 246,666 55.61% Member of Congress  Dean Phillips
FEC H8MN03143; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,374,791; Dsb $2,112,905
  Candidate Republican 196,625 44.32% Kendall Qualls
FEC H0MN03124; 31 Dec 20; Tot $1,889,369; Dsb $1,763,624
  Candidate Scattering 312 0.07% WRITE-IN
Total 443,603 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Betty McCollum
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2000
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 245,813 63.17% Member of Congress  Betty McCollum
FEC H0MN04049; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,169,939; Dsb $975,092
  Candidate Republican 112,730 28.97% Gene Rechtzigel
FEC H6MN04244; 31 Aug 20; Tot $20,075; Dsb $20,075
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis 29,537 7.59% Susan Pendergast Sindt
FEC H6MN04269
  Candidate Scattering 1,034 0.27% WRITE-IN
Total 389,114 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Ilhan Omar
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins) - 117th Congress
  Elected Democratic-Farmer Labor 255,924 64.27% Member of Congress  Ilhan Omar
FEC H8MN05239; 23 Nov 20; Tot $5,753,788; Dsb $5,576,078
  Candidate Republican 102,878 25.83% Lacy Johnson
FEC H0MN05178; 23 Nov 20; Tot $12,186,265; Dsb $12,037,530
  Candidate Legal Marijuana Now 37,979 9.54% Michael Moore
FEC H0MN05293
  Candidate Scattering 1,448 0.36% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic-Farmer Labor)     Ervan Katari Miller
FEC H0MN05145; 16 Sep 19; Tot $255; Dsb $187
  Candidate Write-in     Toya Michelle Woodland
FEC H0MN05269
Total 398,229 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 270,901 65.70% Member of Congress  Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer, Jr.
FEC H4MN06087; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,833,317; Dsb $2,511,689
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 140,853 34.16% Tawnja R. Zahradka
FEC H0MN06150; 23 Nov 20; Tot $54,237; Dsb $53,501
  Candidate Scattering 553 0.13% WRITE-IN
Total 412,307 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Collin Clark Peterson
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 194,066 53.39% former Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach
FEC H0MN07091; 31 Dec 20; Tot $2,531,969; Dsb $2,521,216
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 144,840 39.85% Member of Congress  Collin Clark Peterson
FEC H2MN07014; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,733,211; Dsb $2,865,033
  Candidate Legalize Marijuana Party 17,710 4.87% Slater Johnson
FEC H0MN07166
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis 6,499 1.79% Rae Hart Anderson
FEC H0MN07141
  Candidate Scattering 362 0.10% WRITE-IN
Total 363,477 100.00%  

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Peter Allen "Pete" Stauber
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2020
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 3 write-ins) - 117th Congress
  Elected Republican 223,432 56.75% Member of Congress  Peter Allen "Pete" Stauber
FEC H8MN08043; 23 Nov 20; Tot $2,600,614; Dsb $2,567,693
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor 147,853 37.55% former Baxter City Council Member Quinn Reabe Nystrom
FEC H0MN08156; 23 Nov 20; Tot $1,560,608; Dsb $1,494,588
  Candidate Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis 22,190 5.64% Judith Schwartzbacker
FEC H0MN08180
  Candidate Scattering 236 0.06% WRITE-IN
  Candidate Write-in     John Evans
  Candidate Write-in     David "Dave" "Armin" Pipho
Total 393,711 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Secretary of State  Steve Simon
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Attorney General  Keith Maurice Ellison
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Democratic-Farmer Labor Auditor  Julie Blaha
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 

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, 2 candidates
  Democratic-Farmer Labor (affiliate of Democratic): 3 incumbents, 11 candidates
  Republican: 3 incumbents, 13 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.
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis: 5 candidates
  Independence (affiliates)
  Independence-Alliance: 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Legal Marijuana Now: 3 candidates
  Legalize Marijuana Party: 1 candidate
  Socialism and Liberation: 1 candidate
  Right to Life
  Socialist Workers Party: 1 candidate
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 3 candidates
  No Affiliation: 1 candidate
  Non Affiliated: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 2 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 10 candidates
  Write-in: 31 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 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
4 May 2019: The Minnesota Independence Party voted to affiliate with the Alliance Party.
  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 Lawyer - 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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