MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Minnesota’s Independence and Green parties, the goal this Election Day isn’t so much winning. It’s nailing down major-party status.
The IP wants to keep it. The Green Party wants to get it back.READ MORE: At Least 2 Dead In Head-On Crash Near Lake Mille Lacs
The distinction matters. Major parties get election judges and challengers in polling places. Major-party candidates don’t have to go file nominating petitions to be on the general election ballot. And their candidates get far more exposure — Jesse Ventura was elected governor in 1998 from the Reform Party.READ MORE: Parents Demand More Distance Learning Options As COVID Cases Rise Ahead Of School Year
The Independence Party needs a statewide candidate to get at least 5 percent or they revert to minor status. The Green Party is hoping former Democratic state Rep. Andy Dawkins gets 5 percent in the attorney general race to make them a major party again.MORE NEWS: Drought To Have Lasting Impact On Minnesota's Christmas Tree Farms
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