Minnesota Resources

Population: 5,489,594 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 5, 2018.

Primary: Aug. 14, 2018.

Minnesota (D+2) is a moderate state that leans left in Federal elections. The Democratic Party here is formally known as DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor). Minnesota has many Northern Europeans, especially Scandinavians. It is 86% White.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 10. Min­ne­sota is a safe state for the Dems in Pre­si­dential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Amy Klobuchar

Senator class 1: Amy Klo­buchar (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Commerce, Judiciary, Rules (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Amy Klo­buchar
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 15, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer and District Attorney Amy Klo­buchar (b.1960) was first elected in 2006 and took 65% in 2012.

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Al Franken

Senator class 2: Al Franken (D)
Committees: Energy, Health & Education, Judiciary, Indian Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Al Franken
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Controversial comedian and author Al Franken (b.1951) defeated the incumbent Republican in 2008 with a razor thin margin. He took 53% in 2014.

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Representatives: 8 Representatives; 5 Democrats and 3 Republicans. Many of the nominations are settled at district conventions.

Tim Walz

District 1
Representative: Tim Walz (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Veterans (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, March 27, 2017:
The district (R+1) covers the southern part of the state, from Wisconsin to South Dakota. It is 91% White. Teacher and veteran Tim Walz (b.1964) was first elected in 2006, when he defeated an incumbent Republican. He won just over 50% in 2016. Walz is running for Governor in 2018.

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Jason Lewis

District 2
Representative: Jason Lewis (R)
Committees: Budget, Education, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jason Lewis

Rating, September 3, 2016:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (R+2) covers southeastern parts, including some suburbs of Minneapolis and St Paul. It is 87% White. Radio talk show host and columnist Jason Lewis held the seat for the GOP with 47% and a thin margin in 2016.

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Erik Paulsen

District 3
Representative: Erik Paulsen (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Erik Paulsen

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (R+2) covers a relatively small suburban area west of Minneapolis and is 84% White. State Representative Erik Paulsen (b.1965) was first elected in 2008 and won 57% in 2016.

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Betty McCollum

District 4
Representative: Betty McCollum (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Betty McCollum
Republican nominee:

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (D+11) contains all of St Paul and stretches east to the Wisconsin border. It is 76% White. Teacher and State Representative Betty McCollum (b.1954) was first elected in 2000 and won 58% in 2016.

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Keith Ellison

District 5
Representative: Keith Ellison (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Keith Ellison
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (D+22) covers Minneapolis and suburbs. It is 71% White and 12% Black. Lawyer and State Representative Keith Ellison (b.1963) was the first Muslim in the House when he was elected in 2006. He won 69% in 2016. Ellison is currently in the running for new Democratic Party chair.

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Tom Emmer

District 6
Representative: Tom Emmer (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Emmer

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (R+10) covers areas north and west of Minneapolis, including St Cloud. It is 93% White. Lawyer, State Representative and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer (b.1961) held the open seat for the GOP in 2014, and won 66% in 2016.

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Collin Peterson

District 7
Representative: Collin Peterson (D)
Committees: Agriculture (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Collin Peterson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, August 10, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers western parts of Minnesota and is the largest in the state. It is 93% White. Centrist former State Representative Collin Peterson (b.1944) was first elected in 1990 and won 53% in 2016.

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Rick Nolan

District 8
Representative: Rick Nolan (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Rick Nolan
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Leans Dem.

Status, Jan 20, 2017:
The district (D+1) contains appx. the northeastern quarter of the state, including Duluth. It is 94% White. Businessman Rick Nolan (b.1943) served in the House from 1975 till 1981 and made a comeback in 2012 – the longest ‘break’ in US history. He won just over 50% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The first Monday of January.

There are no term limits for any of the State Offices in Minnesota.

Mark Dayton

Governor: Mark Dayton (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Former State Auditor and US Senator Mark Dayton (b.1947) made a political comeback in 2010, and took 50% in 2014. He is not running again in 2018.

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Tina Smith

Lieutenant Governor: Tina Smith (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Leans Dem.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and is nominated and elected on the same ticket. Dayton chose his former CoS Tina Smith in 2014 and is said to be grooming her as his successor.

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Steve Simon

Secretary of State: Steve Simon (D)

Democratic nominee: Steve Simon
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 24, 2016:
State Representative and lawyer Steve Simon (b.1969) held several jobs in the state DOJ before taking 47% and winning with a razor thin margin in 2014.

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Rebecca Otto

Auditor: Rebecca Otto (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Businesswoman and teacher Rebecca Otto (b.1963) was first elected in 2006 and won 52% in 2014. She is runnng for Governor in 2018.

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Lori Swanson

Attorney General: Lori Swanson (D)

Democratic nominee: Lori Swanson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer Lori Swanson (b.1966) had several jobs in the state administration before she was first elected in 2006. She won 53% in 2014.

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State Senate: 67 (33D / 34R). Term: 2 and 4 years. Elections in 2020.
State House: 134 (57D / 76R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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