Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican rival Jeff Johnson are holding their final face-to-face debate before Minnesota voters decide the election. Friday’s debate on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac” program is the fifth time they have met on stage.
Minnesota’s Democratic candidates banded together Wednesday for a splashy launch of a six-day statewide bus tour featuring the ticket’s biggest names, while their Republican opponents went their own ways in smaller-scale campaign swings less than a week before the midterm.
Vice President Joe Biden has urged Democrats in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range to get out the vote for U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. Biden spoke Thursday at Hibbing Community College to try to give a boost to Nolan, a first-term Democratic incumbent who’s locked in a tight race with GOP candidate Stewart Mills.
Minnesota Democrats have maintained the financial upper hand in an election campaign where the party is seeking to keep a firm grip on state government power. Fundraising reports made public Wednesday show Democratic candidates and groups outspending their Republican counterpart in key races.
Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden will debate three times before the November election.
Election Day is 11 months away, but there are plenty of campaign-related deadlines dotting the Minnesota calendar. Four weeks from Tuesday, Minnesota’s major parties are holding precinct caucuses.
U S Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News
Two Republicans seeking an open Minnesota House seat in the Mora area are planning to help each other after the Aug. 14 primary, no matter who wins.