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Minnesota lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Minnesota lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on September 14, 2010.[1]

Republican Annette Meeks faced Yvonne Prettner Solon, a Democratic state Senator. Following the recount required by the extraordinarily small margin between the Democratic and Republican tickets, GOP gubernatorial candidate officially conceded on December 8, 2010, making Solon the Lieutenant Governor-elect of Minnesota.

The November Ballot – Who's Made It? Minnesota Lieutenant Governor[2]
Nominee Affiliation
Yvonne Prettner Solon Democrat
Annette Meeks Republican
Dan Dittmann Green
James Mulder Independence
Howard Hanson Independent (The Resource Party)
Erin Wallace Independent (Ecology Democracy Party)
Edwin Engelmann Independent (The Grassroots Party)
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

In mid-November, after all precincts had reported and the state board of canvassers had certified the initial results, Mark Dayton was ahead by 8,749. Under Minnesota law, statewide races where the margin in less than 0.5% trigger an automatic recount. The Minnesota Secretary of State began the recount on November 29, 2010 and finished the first part of the process on December 3, 2010.[3]

On December 8, 2010, Emmer conceded the race.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Minnesota, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Dayton/Yvonne Prettner Solon 43.6% 919,232
     Republican Tom Emmer/Annette Meeks 43.2% 910,462
     Independence Tom Horner/James A. Mulder 11.9% 251,487
     Grassroots Party Chris Wright/Edwin H. Engelmann 0.4% 7,516
     Green Farheen Hakeem/Dan Dittmann 0.3% 6,188
     Ecology Democracy Party Ken Pentel/Erin Wallace 0.3% 6,180
     The Resource Party Linda S. Eno/Howard B. Hanson 0.2% 4,092
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,864
Total Votes 2,107,021
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State


Minnesota elects a governor and a lieutenant governor on the same ticket. The Independence Party, which has five tickets going into the primary, is not the same as a candidate who is running asan Independent. Such candidates may still affiliate with a third party during their campaign. There are three tickets composed of candidates who are Independents.



  • Annette Meeks


  • Dan Dittmann


  • James A. "Jim" Mulder


Ecology Democracy Party

  • Erin Wallace

Grassroots Party

  • Edwin H. Engelmann

The Resource Party

  • Howard B. Hanson

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