Welcome to WCCO.com’s 2018 political guide!

We reached out to all Minnesota candidates running for U.S Senate, Governor, U.S Congress, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Auditor this fall. Candidates were asked to provide a two-minute video discussing their platform as well as answer a set of our viewer’s questions.

Our digital candidate guide provides WCCO viewers with an easy one-stop place to learn about each candidate before they cast their ballot this fall. Simply click on a candidate’s name to learn more. (Candidates names that are unclickable did not respond to our requests for video and Q&A.)

Click here for general election resources, including how to find your polling place.

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Governor Race

Jeff Johnson / Donna Bergstrom Republican
Tim Walz / Peggy Flanagan DFL
Josh Welter / Mary O’Connor Libertarian
Chris Wright / Judith Schwartzbacker Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis

U.S. Senate Race

Amy Klobuchar DFL
Jim Newberger Republican
Paula M. Overby Green Party
Dennis Schuller Legal Marijuana Now

U.S. Senate Race (Special Election)

Karin Housley Republican
Tina Smith DFL
Jerry Trooien Unaffiliated
Sarah Wellington Legal Marijuana Now

Attorney General Race

Keith Ellison DFL
Noah M. Johnson Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis
Doug Wardlow Republican

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U.S. House (District 1) Race

Dan Feehan DFL
Jim Hagedorn Republican

U.S. House (District 2) Race

Angie Craig DFL
Jason Lewis Republican

U.S. House (District 3) Race

Erik Paulsen Republican
Dean Phillips DFL

U.S. House (District 4) Race

Betty McCollum DFL
Greg Ryan Republican
Susan Pendergast Sindt Legal Marijuana Now

U.S. House (District 5) Race

Ilhan Omar DFL
Jennifer Zielinski Republican

U.S. House (District 6) Race

Tom Emmer Republican
Ian Todd DFL

U.S. House (District 7) Race

Dave Hughes Republican
Collin C. Peterson DFL

U.S. House (District 8) Race

Joe Radinovich DFL
Ray “Skip” Sandman Independent
Pete Stauber Republican

Secretary Of State Race

William Denney Independent
John Howe Republican
Steve Simon DFL

State Auditor Race

Julie Blaha DFL
Chris Dock Libertarian Party
Michael Ford Legal Marijuana Now
Pam Myhra Republican


Voter Resources


Other Information

  • Did you know … As long as you’re in line by 8 p.m., you can vote, even if you do not reach the front of the line until after 8 p.m.
  • Did you know … Your employer has to allow you time off work to vote. Find out more here.
  • Finally, know your rights as a voter.