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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:
Al Franken Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Al Franken Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans D[2]

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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.
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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters needed to register on election day, or pre-register by July 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (21 days days prior to the election).[6]

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.


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot access
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Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

Al Franken

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Franken's reports.[9]

Mike McFadden

Though McFadden's final 2013 fundraising reports have not yet been released by the Federal Election Commission, multiple news outlets are reporting that he had a very strong quarter, raising $780,000 in the last 3 months of the year, adding to a reported $1.7 million in campaign funds.[16]

Election history


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" (dead link)


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.[17][18]

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


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate Race Ratings for August 22, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Minnesota Secretary of State Website, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Washington Post "Businessman Mike McFadden to challenge Sen. Al Franken" Accessed June 10, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Tribune, "County commissioner plans to join U.S. Senate race, and already has a big backer", accessed August 23, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Franken 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  10. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  11. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  12. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  13. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  14. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
  16. The Hill, "Franken's opponent raises $780k", January 9, 2014
  17. Senator Al Franken, "Official Biography," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013