United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Minnesota

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Al Franken Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Minnesota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Al Franken holds what will most likely be a safe Democratic seat. The Cook Political Report rates this race as "Likely Democratic," which the website defines as seats that are "not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged."[1] In 2012, Franken defeated Republican challenger Kurt Bills 65.2-30.5 percent. Franken's opponent in the primary, Sandra Henningsgard, still had not filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as of the April Quarterly report deadline, and Franken easily defeated her in the Democratic primary on August 12, 2014.[2]

At the Minnesota GOP convention, Mike McFadden received the most votes from delegates, earning him the GOP endorsement, so most of the other candidates dropped out of the race to honor the party's decision.[3] Jim Abeler, along with a few others, decided to continue running against McFadden in the primary despite the party's endorsement of McFadden.[4] According to the Republican primary polls, McFadden maintained a significant lead over Abeler, and McFadden also had more cash on hand to spend on the election. McFadden easily defeated Abeler and three other Republican candidates for the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.[2]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 3, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters needed to register on election day, or pre-registered by July 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21st day before Election Day).[8]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Al Franken (D). Franken was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

Candidate templates:

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Independence Party of America Independence Party Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Withdrew from race


Primary results

U.S. Senate, Minnesota Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAl Franken Incumbent 94.6% 172,087
Sandra Henningsgard 5.4% 9,747
Total Votes 181,834
Source: 91% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. Senate, Minnesota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike McFadden 71.6% 120,390
Jim Abeler 14.9% 25,097
David Carlson 9.1% 15,284
Patrick Munro 2.8% 4,726
Ole Savior 1.6% 2,692
Total Votes 168,189
Source: 91% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. Senate, Minnesota Independence Party Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Carlson 33.7% 2,164
Kevin Terrell 21.6% 1,386
Jack Shepard 17.9% 1,148
Stephen Williams 13.7% 881
Tom Books 13.1% 842
Total Votes 6,421
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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State GOP convention

On May 31, 2014, delegates at Minnesota's state GOP convention voted to support candidate Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate. The decision was not unanimous, and took ten ballots to reach a decision.[3] State Sen. Julianne Ortman dropped out after the fifth vote, and after the seventh vote, Chris Dahlberg was in the lead, but short of the 60 percent of votes necessary to receive the endorsement.[13] Eventually, McFadden won out. One delegate who switched his vote from Dahlberg to McFadden stated, "There was a general belief that McFadden would win a primary and it would be best to have the endorsement go to the eventual winner."[14] Many viewed McFadden as a likely candidate to defeat incumbent Al Franken in the general election due to McFadden's success in fundraising. He had raised almost $3 million at the time of the convention.[3] Both Ortman and Dahlberg agreed not to run in the primary if they did not receive the endorsement, but Jim Abeler said that he had not yet decided if he would run against McFadden.[15] Abeler later decided that he would run in the primary.[9]

Endorsements

Mike McFadden

Mike McFadden has received the following endorsements:

Polls

Republican primary polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Jim Abeler Chris DahlbergMike McFaddenJulianne OrtmanMonti MorenoPhillip ParishDavid CarlsonDavid LatvaahoUndecidedRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Suffolk University Political Research Center (April 24–28, 2014)[19]
7.58%1.52%11.62%14.14%0.00%0.51%1.01%0.51%62.63%0.51%+/-6.96198
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Mike McFadden vs. Jim Abeler
Poll Mike McFadden Jim AbelerOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA (June 5-9, 2014)
44%16%19%21%+/-5404
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

General election polls

General election candidates
Poll Al Franken (D) Mike McFadden (R)Steve Carlson (I)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing (July 2-3, 2014)
51%35%13%+/-3879
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Al Franken vs. Mike McFadden
Poll Al Franken Mike McFaddenIndependence Party nomineeSomeone elseUndecidedRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (August 13-14, 2014)
50%42%0%0%0%0%+/-4750
Public Policy Polling (June 12-15, 2014)
49%38%0%0%13%0%+/-3.9633
KSTP/SurveyUSA (June 5-9, 2014)
48%42%4%1%5%0%+/-3.11,017
Suffolk University Political Research Center (April 24–28, 2014)[19]
44.00%28.63%2.63%4.38%19.50%0.88%+/-3.5800
AVERAGES 47.75% 37.66% 1.66% 1.35% 9.38% 0.22% +/-3.63 800
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Al Franken vs. Jim Abeler
Poll Al Franken Jim AbelerIndependence Party nomineeSomeone elseUndecidedRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (June 12-15, 2014)
50%39%0%0%11%0%+/-3.9633
KSTP/SurveyUSA (June 5-9, 2014)
48%39%6%2%5%0%+/-3.11,017
Suffolk University Political Research Center (April 24–28, 2014)[19]
44.50%28.63%3.63%4.00%19.00%0.25%+/-3.5800
AVERAGES 47.5% 35.54% 3.21% 2% 11.67% 0.08% +/-3.5 816.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Al Franken vs. Chris Dahlberg
Poll Al Franken Chris DahlbergIndependence Party nomineeSomeone elseUndecidedRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Suffolk University Political Research Center (April 24–28, 2014)[19]
44.50%28.25%3.75%3.75%19.00%0.88%+/-3.5800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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
Al Franken vs. Julianne Ortman
Poll Al Franken Julianne OrtmanIndependence Party nomineeSomeone elseUndecidedRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Suffolk University Political Research Center (April 24–28, 2014)[19]
43.63%28.63%3.75%3.63%19.63%0.75%+/-3.5800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Campaign contributions

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Al Franken

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Franken's reports.[20]

Al Franken (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$1,267,414.58$1,986,442.42$(1,219,013.81)$2,034,843.19
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$2,034,843.19$1,971,500.81$(1,001,181.72)$3,005,162.28
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$3,005,162.28$2,082,849.31$(1,194,725.48)$3,893,286.11
Year-End Quarterly[24]December 31, 2013$3,893,286$1,781,672$(1,159,865)$4,839,250
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$4,839,250.22$2,722,189.27$(1,627,588.10)$5,933,851.39
Running totals
$10,544,653.81$(6,202,374.11)

Mike McFadden

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McFadden's reports.[26]

Mike McFadden (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$0.00$764,823.40$(23,376.78)$741,446.62
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$741,446.62$705,047.19$(194,406.61)$1,252,087.20
Year-End[29]January 13, 2013$1,252,087.20$779,598.61$(346,882.55)$1,684,803.26
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$1,684,803.26$603,317.26$(496,819.63)$1,791,300.89
Running totals
$2,852,786.46$(1,061,485.57)

Chris Dahlberg

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dahlberg's reports.[31]

Chris Dahlberg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[32]January 23, 2014$0.00$103,048.29$(56,080.67)$46,967.62
April Quarterly[33]April 14, 2014$46,967.62$45,328.56$(53,173.03)$39,123.15
Running totals
$148,376.85$(109,253.7)

Jim Abeler

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Abeler's reports.[34]

Jim Abeler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[35]October 14, 2013$3,800.00$56,423.63$(25,654.93)$34,568.70
Year-End[36]January 30, 2014$34,568.70$26,726.00$(36,488.25)$24,806.45
April Quarterly[37]April 14, 2014$24,806.45$28,218.03$(39,141.29)$13,883.19
Running totals
$111,367.66$(101,284.47)

Julianne Ortman

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ortman's reports.[38]

Julianne Ortman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$0.00$119,466.00$(31,344.90)$88,121.10
Year-End[40]February 3, 2014$88,121.10$118,513.63$(88,965.62)$117,669.11
April Quarterly[41]April 14, 2014$117,669.11$373,406.12$(257,827.08)$233,248.15
Running totals
$611,385.75$(378,137.6)

Media

Al Franken


American Encore attacks Al Franken for regulations on the political role of nonprofits.[42]

Mike McFadden


McFadden 2014 campaign ad

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Amy Klobuchar won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Kurt Bills, Stephen Williams, Timothy Davis, and Michael Cavlan in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar Incumbent 65.2% 1,854,595
     Republican Kurt Bills 30.5% 867,974
     Independence Stephen Williams 2.6% 73,539
     Grassroots Tim Davis 1.1% 30,531
     Progressive Michael Cavlan 0.5% 13,986
Total Votes 2,843,207
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Al Franken won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Norm Coleman, Dean Barkley (I), Charles Aldrich (L), James Niemackl (C), Michael Cavlan (I, Write-In) and Anthony Keith Price (I, Write-In) in the general election. He won election after a lengthy hand recount that did not declare him the winner until after June of 2009.[44][45]

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAl Franken 42% 1,212,629
     Republican Norm Coleman Incumbent 42% 1,212,317
     Independent Dean Barkley 15.2% 437,505
     Libertarian Charles Aldrich 0.5% 13,923
     Constitution James Niemackl 0.3% 8,907
     Independent Michael Cavlan 0% 13
     Independent Anthony Keith Price 0% 12
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 2,340
Total Votes 2,887,646

See also

External links

References

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