What's on the ballot today? - August 12, 2014

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August 12, 2014

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Of the three states holding primary elections today, Minnesota brings with it a trifecta in election excitement. Five Republican candidates for governor, a uniquely persistent congressional candidate and a suit-resistant congressional candidate, described as the "Brad Pitt of the Republican Party," are all on the North Star State's ballot today. Connecticut and Wisconsin are also holding primary elections for federal, state and local seats.

Five candidates are seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Minnesota. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson received the state party's endorsement, but faces a challenge from former State Rep. Marty Seifert, current State Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessmen Scott Honour and Merrill Anderson.

Minnesota's congressional primaries normally do not see a lot of competition but things are little different this year, at least in one district race. Generally, after the party conventions vote for a candidate to receive their endorsement, most other candidates back out and support the candidate that the party has chosen. This is not the case in Minnesota's District 1. Although candidate Jim Hagedorn said that he would step down when Aaron Miller received 56 percent of the vote in the third round of voting within the Republican party, Hagedorn was reportedly approached by delegates concerned with Miller's election efforts. Hagedorn decided to re-enter the race.[1][2]

Independence Party of America candidate Paula Overby is believed to be the first transgender candidate running for Congress in Minnesota. With no challengers from her own party, she will face Republican John Kline and the winner of the Democratic primary for District 2 in the general election.

Republican Stewart Mills also does not have any challengers in today's primary, but his unique look has set him apart from many other U.S. congressional candidates. Mills, dubbed the "Brad Pitt of the Republican Party," is running for Minnesota's District 8 seat. He has said that he does not feel comfortable within the mold of the traditional candidate and resists wearing a suit whenever possible.[3]

While there are only a few contested judicial primaries in Minnesota, most of the candidates are seeking district court seats in Hennepin County.

In Wisconsin's sixth district, congressional candidate Tom Petri is retiring, leaving an open seat up for grabs.

Connecticut is holding two primaries for judicial elections for the probate courts. There will be no primaries for Congress as all candidates made the ballot through nominating conventions.

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut elections, 2014

Congress

  • U.S. House primaries
    • Connecticut's nominating process allows for conventions. This cycle, both parties nominated all five seats at convention. For more information on the candidates and districts, please see the link above.

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Minnesota

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

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Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Congress

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