Minnesota Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Minnesota Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Dayton Democratic Party
Yvonne Prettner Solon Democratic Party
Mark Dayton
Yvonne Prettner Solon
Minnesota State Executive Elections
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Battleground Races
Minnesota House of Representatives
Current trifecta for Democrats
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State executive offices in Minnesota
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The Minnesota gubernatorial and lieutenant election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Dayton (D) is running for re-election, while current Lieutenant Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon did not file for re-election.[1] The gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates for each party are voted on as a single ticket rather than separate candidates in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

The gubernatorial race is not the only race on the November ballot that could shift the balance of power in Minnesota. The Minnesota House of Representatives has been identified by Ballotpedia as one of the top 20 legislative chambers to watch in 2014. Both chambers and the governor's office are currently held by a single party, making Minnesota a state government trifecta. Learn more about the state's most competitive legislative races on the battleground chambers page.


General election

Democratic Party Mark Dayton/Tina Smith - Incumbent
Republican Party Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle
Libertarian Party Chris Holbrook/Chris Dock
Independent Grassroots Party candidates Chris Wright/David Daniels
Independence Party of America Hannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke

Defeated in the primary

Democratic Party Bill Dahn/James Vigliotti
Democratic Party Leslie Davis/Gregory K. Soderberg
Republican Party Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson
Republican Party Scott Honour/Karin Housley
Republican Party Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra
Republican Party Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson



Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Dayton/Tina Smith 93% 177,737
Leslie Davis/Gregory K. Soderberg 4.5% 8,529
Bill Dahn/James Vigliotti 2.6% 4,896
Total Votes 191,162
Election Results Via:Minnesota Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 30.3% 55,813
Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 23.9% 43,991
Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 21.1% 38,798
Scott Honour/Karin Housley 20.8% 38,331
Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson 3.8% 7,008
Total Votes 183,941
Election Results Via:Minnesota Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


General election polls

Minnesota Governor's Race 2014 - Dayton vs. Johnson
Poll Mark Dayton Jeff JohnsonUndecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(August 13-14, 2014)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-up polls

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of Minnesota
Julie RosenScott HonourKurt ZellersMarty SeifertDave ThompsonJeff Johnson
Percent of the vote36%38%38%37%37%37%
Mark Dayton's percent of the vote48%48%48%48%48%48%
Between October 27-29, 2013, Public Policy Polling surveyed 895 Minnesota voters. The respondents were given a series of hypothetical match-ups between Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton and six potential Republican candidates, and asked for which of the two candidates they would vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.3%[5]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 20, 2014 First day of candidate filing period
June 3, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 12, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 State Canvassing Board meeting to certify election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election[6]

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