Dismal turnout in another August primary election has rekindled talk of shifting future ones forward to June.
The Secretary of State’s office estimates that only 9.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Minnesota’s primary election. Spokesman Nathan Bowie says the turnout number is preliminary and unofficial. He says it won’t be finalized until counties finish submitting data.
Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto has survived a primary challenge from former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza. Entenza dipped deep into his personal wealth to try to grab the Democratic nomination. But Otto had the party’s backing and cruised to an easy victory.
State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of gay marriage.
Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota’s Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November.
There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is estimating a low turnout for Tuesday’s statewide primary election. Out of 3.1 million Minnesota voters, only 10-15 percent will turn out, according to Ritchie.
Endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he doesn’t intend to wage a negative campaign against three fellow GOP hopefuls who are challenging him in an August primary.
Only 9 percent of eligible voters participated in Minnesota’s primary. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reported the figure Wednesday.
Democrats seeking a northeastern Minnesota congressional seat waited for workers to end shifts at mines and mills and invaded restaurants Monday in a final push for votes ahead of a too-close-to-call primary.
Outside groups are spending significant amounts to sway voters for Democrats Tarryl Clark and Rick Nolan ahead of Tuesday’s primary in northeastern Minnesota.
They’re calling each other “unelectable” and “hypocritical.” And those are just a couple of the milder epithets Republicans Mike Parry and Allen Quist have thrown at each other in a personally tinged primary race in southern Minnesota.
Republican Allen Quist heads into the final stretch before a primary against state Sen. Mike Parry with almost $118,000 to spend after providing his campaign another $10,000.
Two Democrats running in a northeastern Minnesota primary are lagging in the money chase.