Independent Minnesota political groups are spending a fortune on television ads this campaign season. They’re branding GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson as a “tea party Republican.” The ads are relentless, and ominous.
National Republicans are pouring roughly $1 million in advertisements in September alone into Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District in their bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan.
Several upcoming events on the calendar could help energize campaigns for Minnesota governor and legislative offices. They’ll drive the messages voters will hear from candidates and their allies over the next two months.
The seat in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district is completely up for grabs, with Rep. Michele Bachmann opting not to run for re-election. While the District is heavily Republican, two years ago businessman and Democrat Jim Graves came within one percentage point of beating Bachmann.
As Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton makes the case for a second term, a major theme he’s pressed is that the state economy has outperformed most of the Upper Midwest on his watch. How voters view the economy will go a long way in determining how Dayton, a Democrat, fares in November. Republicans concede things have turned around but they say the recovery has been far from robust. There’s no shortage of ways to measure the economy, and each side will spend the next 10 weeks debating whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.
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The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is pushing back against the party’s attempts to keep her away from its State Fair booth. Michelle MacDonald showed up at the booth on the fair’s first day Thursday and was asked several times to leave.
Minnesota’s Supreme Court has dismissed a voter’s call to have Rep. Bob Barrett removed from the November ballot over his residency. Valerie Mondor had petitioned the court to toss Barrett from the election.
A voter has withdrawn her challenge of a Republican lawmaker’s residency, one day after a judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to toss the lawmaker from November’s ballot.
Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.
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Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals.
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Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.
Jeff Johnson has become the punching bag in the Minnesota Republican primary for governor — and he’s just fine with that. The Hennepin County commissioner is increasingly catching flak from three competitors. Johnson takes it as a sign he’s out front in a race that has gone months without a clear favorite. Tuesday’s primary winner will face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November’s election.