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August 11, 2014


By Nick Katers

August 12, 2014 Election Preview

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota: Minnesota voters will head to the polls on August 12 to cast primary ballots for five state executive offices. The race for governor has drawn the most attention, with three Democrats and five Republicans seeking nominations from their respective parties. Incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton (D) selected chief of staff Tina Smith as his running mate, replacing the outgoing Yvonne Prettner Solon. He faces challengers Bill Dahn and Leslie Davis in the primary. The Republican race features three candidates with state legislative experience, including current State Rep. Kurt Zellers and former State Reps. Marty Seifert and Jeff Johnson.

A competitive race has emerged for the state auditor's office, where incumbent Rebecca Otto (D) faces a challenge from former State Rep. Matt Entenza (D). Entenza filed a complaint with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings this summer, claiming that Otto misrepresented her position on the use of voter identification at the polls. This complaint was dismissed for lack of merit in July, and Otto countered that she has always opposed voter ID.[1]

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a preview of those upcoming elections.

Minnesota's polling hours on Election Day are typically from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, with some smaller municipalities open until 10 p.m.

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor

See also: Minnesota Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Mark Dayton first won election in 2010 and seeks a second term in 2014. Jeff Johnson has emerged as the preferred candidate of the Minnesota Republican Party, after receiving the primary endorsement this summer.[2] The winners of the Democratic and Republican primaries will face three third-party candidates in November.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Bill Dahn/James Vigliotti
Democratic Party Leslie Davis/Gregory K. Soderberg
Democratic Party Mark Dayton/Tina Smith - Incumbent

Republican primary

Republican Party Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson
Republican Party Scott Honour/Karin Housley
Republican Party Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle
Republican Party Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra
Republican Party Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson

General election

Libertarian Party Chris Holbrook/Chris Dock
Independent Grassroots Party candidates Chris Wright/David Daniels
Independence Party of America Hannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke

Minnesota Attorney General

See also: Minnesota attorney general election, 2014

The winner of the Republican primary will face a crowded field for the general election, including two-term incumbent Lori Swanson (D) and four third-party candidates.

Republican primary

Republican Party Sharon Anderson
Republican Party Scott Newman

General election

Green Party Andy Dawkins
Libertarian Party Mary O'Connor
Independent Legal Marijuana Party candidate Dan R. Vacek
Independence Party of America Brandan Borgos
Democratic Party Lori Swanson - Incumbent

Minnesota Secretary of State

See also: Minnesota secretary of state election, 2014

Incumbent Mark Ritchie (D) did not file for re-election in 2014, leaving an open field for the position in November. Three Democratic candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination, including State Rep. Steve Simon. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Dan Severson (R) and three third-party candidates.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Dick Franson
Democratic Party Gregg A. Iverson
Democratic Party Steve Simon

General election

Libertarian Party Bob Odden
Independence Party of America Bob Helland
Independence Party of America David A. Singleton
Republican Party Dan Severson

Minnesota Auditor

See also: Minnesota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Incumbent Rebecca Otto (D) first won election in 2006, and faces Matt Entenza in the primary. Entenza and Otto were colleagues in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004, when Entenza was the House Minority Leader. The winner of the primary will face Randy Gilbert and three third-party candidates in the general election.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Rebecca Otto Incumbent
Democratic Party Matt Entenza[3]

General election

Libertarian Party Keegan Iversen[3]
Independent Judith Schwartzbacker[3]
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Patrick Dean[3]
Republican Party Randy Gilbert[3]

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