Four states hold primaries on Tuesday, August 14. Choose one for an overview and results:
Minnesota polls close at 8:00 PM Central Time (9:00 PM Eastern). Live results will be available on this page after that time. Reload for the latest totals.
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Minnesota Gubernatorial Primaries
Incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton is not running for reelection, while his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, is attempting to get his old job back. The general election race is currently considered a toss-up.
The Democratic primary is a three-way race between the state's Attorney General, Lori Swanson, Rep. Tim Walz (MN-01) and State Rep. Erin Murphy. A Marist Poll from mid-July gave Swanson a small lead over Walz, with Murphy in 3rd.
On the Republican side, Pawlenty's primary challenger is Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. That same Marist poll gave Pawlenty a 19 point lead over Johnson.
Minnesota Senate Primaries
Both of the state's U.S. Senate seats are on the primary ballot today. In the regularly scheduled election, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar should have little trouble winning her primary and reelection to a 3rd term. Her likely opponent is GOP State Rep. Jim Newberger.
A special election is being held for the other seat. The incumbent, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, was appointed by Gov. Dayton following the resignation of former Sen. Al Franken. This election is for the remainder of Franken's term, which will next be contested in 2020. Smith and State Senator Karin Housley are expected to meet in the general election. Smith is favored in that race, although it may prove a bit more competitive than the one for Klobuchar's seat.
Special election primaries:
Minnesota House Primaries
Three of the state's eight U.S. Representatives, all Democrats, are running for other offices. Tim Walz (MN-01) is running for governor, while Rick Nolan (MN-08) is the running mate of Lori Swanson in the same gubernatorial primary. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) is running for Minnesota Attorney General.
Four of the state's eight congressional districts are considered toss-ups this fall, while the 7th District may also prove competitive. (No state with more districts has this high a percentage of competitive seats.) That incumbent, Collin Peterson, won reelection by 5% in 2016 in a district Donald Trump won by 31% over Hillary Clinton. Trump also won the 1st and 8th districts by double digits*; neither of those incumbents are running for reelection.
* Outside of Minnesota, there were only 9 districts nationwide that voted for Donald Trump while electing a Democrat to congress. The three margins in Minnesota were the largest.
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