Democratic state Rep. Steve Simon has been elected secretary of state, defeating Republican former state Rep. Dan Severson. Simon will take over as Minnesota’s chief elections officer from Democrat Mark Ritchie, who chose not to run again.
Minnesota joins the rest of the nation Tuesday in a midterm election for everything from governor to local school board seats, with most polling places opening at 7 a.m. and all closing at 8 p.m. Some key things to know about what’s at stake:
Republican Secretary of State hopeful Dan Severson is suggesting his website was hacked for political reasons. Severson’s campaign website crashed earlier this week. At news conference in St. Paul Friday, he said an early investigation shows it was breached by outsiders but they haven’t identified who did it.
Republican Secretary of State hopeful Dan Severson says Minnesota should do more to help military members overseas to cast their ballots. Dan Severson says delays in mailing ballots and lack of awareness has brought military voter participation as low as 5 percent.
State Rep. Steve Simon is the DFL nominee for secretary of state. Simon turned back two frequent candidates, Dick Franson and Gregg Iverson, in Tuesday’s primary.
Minnesota Republicans won’t have a primary for the open secretary of state’s office. Former state Sen. John Howe of Red Wing pulled out of the race Thursday, clearing the way to the fall ballot for the GOP’s endorsed candidate, Dan Severson. Howe lost at last weekend’s state party convention but left open the possibility of pressing on to an August primary election against Severson, a former legislator who sought the office unsuccessfully in 2010.
Minnesota state Rep. Kurt Bills has jumped to an early lead in the race for U.S. Senate endorsement at the Republican State Convention.
The energy behind Ron Paul’s campaign is giving a boost to an unlikely Republican hoping to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar in November.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has nearly $5.2 million in reserve for her Minnesota re-election campaign after raising another $1 million during the first three months of 2012.
Vice President Joe Biden gave Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar a fundraising lift and vouched for her as the type of “gutsy” leader Washington could use more of as he breezed through Minnesota on Wednesday.
A freshman Republican legislator says he hopes to tap into a robust Minnesota network for presidential candidate Ron Paul as part of a newly announced bid for U.S. Senate.
A freshman Republican state legislator says he’s weighing a campaign for U.S. Senate this fall and could announce his intentions this week.
A Minnesota-based executive with the parent company of Fox News has decided not to run as a Republican against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has padded an already commanding head start in the 2012 campaign money chase, ending September with $4 million in her fundraising account.
A Republican who’s not well known in state political circles is joining the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.