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2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
 
Tim Walz official photo (cropped 2).jpg
Jeff Johnson (cropped).jpg
Nominee Tim Walz Jeff Johnson
Party DFL Republican
Running mate Peggy Flanagan Donna Bergstrom
Popular vote 1,393,096 1,097,705
Percentage 53.8% 42.4%

Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2018.svg
County Results
Walz:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%
Tie:      40-50%
Johnson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

MNGOV18Precincts.svg
Precinct Results


Walz:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%
Tie:      
Johnson:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%
No Vote:      



Governor before election

Mark Dayton
DFL

Elected Governor

Tim Walz
DFL

The 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 6, to elect the 41st Governor of Minnesota as incumbent governor Mark Dayton chose not to run for re-election for a third term. The Democratic nominee was congressman Tim Walz from Minnesota's 1st congressional district while the Republicans nominated Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson. The Independence Party of Minnesota didn't field a candidate for the first time since 1994. Going into the election the polls showed Walz ahead and the race was characterized as lean or likely DFL.

In the end, Walz went on to defeat Johnson by the largest margin for a DFL candidate since 1986. His victory also gave Minnesota its longest streak of Democrats in the Governor's mansion in the state's history, at 12 continuous years.

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominated

Eliminated in primary

Withdrawn

Declined

Endorsements

Erin Murphy (DFL)

Unions

State elected officials

Local officials

  • Melvin Carter, mayor of Saint Paul
  • Amy Brendmoen, Saint Paul City Council President
  • Chris Tolbert, Saint Paul City Council
  • Russ Stark, former Saint Paul City Council
  • Zuki Ellis, Saint Paul School Board
  • Steve Marchese, Saint Paul School Board
  • Mary Vanderwert, Sant Paul School Board
  • Lisa Bender. Minneapolis City Council President
  • Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Council
  • AK Hassan, Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner
  • Ben DeNucci, Itasca County Commissioner
  • Tim Sumner, Beltrami County Commissioner
  • Theresia Gillie, Kittson County Commissioner
  • Myron Bursheim, Cook County Commissioner
  • Mary Jo McGuire, Ramsey County Commissioner
  • Jan Sivertson, Cook County Commissioner
  • Emily Larson, mayor of Duluth
  • Barb Russ, Duluth City Council
  • Elissa Hansen, Duluth City Council
  • Nora Sandstad, Duluth School Board
  • David Kirby, Duluth School Board
  • Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Duluth School Board
  • Sally Trnka, Duluth School Board
  • Jill Lofald, Duluth School Board
  • Annie Harala, former Duluth School Board member
  • Maureen Ramirez, West Saint Paul School Board
  • Nelly Korman, Bloomington School Board
  • Kara Gloe, Moorhead School Board
  • Kelsey Waits, Hastings School Board
  • Scott Johnson, mayor of Silver Bay
  • Jimmy Francis, mayor of South Saint Paul
  • Rita Albrecht, mayor of Bemidji
  • Suzanne Hilgard, mayor of Olivia
  • Mary Drewes, Coleraine City Council
  • Erik Hatlestad, New London City Council
  • Jessica Peterson-White. Northfield City Council
  • Michael Howard, Richfield City Council
  • Gene Short, Currie City Council
  • Patrick Boyle, St. Louis County Commissioner
  • John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney
  • Del Rae Williams, mayor of Moorhead
  • Jason Mattick, former member Mankato City Council
  • Mick McGuire, Montgomery City Council
  • Suzie Nakasian, Northfield City Council
  • Doug Gregor, Aurora City council
  • Anne Mavity, St. Louis Park City Council
  • Em Westerlund, Duluth City Council
  • Phillipe Cunningham, Minneapolis City Council
  • Steve Fletcher, Minneapolis City Council
  • Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis City Council
  • Jeremy Schroeder, Minneapolis City Council
  • Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council
  • Avonna Starck, Fridley School Board
  • Barb Kalmi, Nashwauk-Keewatin School Board
  • Kim Ellison, Minneapolis School Board
  • Ira Jourdain, Minneapolis School Board
  • Nelson Inz, Minneapolis School Board
  • Laurie Driessen, former member, Canby School Board
  • Kale Severson, Minneapolis Park Board
  • Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul City Council Vice President

State leaders

  • Mike Smart, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2007 [32]
  • Ryan Vernosh, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2010
  • Katy Smith, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2011
  • Jackie Roehl, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2012
  • Megan Olivia Hall, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2013
  • Tom Rademacher, Minnesota Teacher of the Year, 2014
  • Amy Hewett-Olatunde, Ed.D., Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Abdul Wright, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2016

DFL constituency caucuses

  • DFL Disability Caucus
  • DFL Latino Caucus
  • Minnesota Young DFL
  • Stonewall DFL

National organizations

State organizations

Rebecca Otto (DFL)

State Elected Officials

DFL constituency caucuses

  • Minnesota DFL Progressive Caucus
  • Minnesota DFL Environmental Caucus

Organizations

National leaders

  • Khizr Khan - Gold Star Father
Lori Swanson (DFL)
Federal politicians
  • Rick Nolan, U.S. Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket
State Elected Officials
Newspapers
Unions
Tim Walz (DFL)
Federal politicians
Mayors
  • Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis[40]
  • Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester
  • Nora Slawik, Mayor of Maplewood
  • Ben Schierer, Mayor of Fergus Falls
  • Jim Hovland, Mayor of Edina
  • Shep Harris, Mayor of Golden Valley
  • Gary Skalko, Mayor of Mountain Iron
  • Roy Srp, Mayor of Waseca
  • Myron Bailey, Mayor of Cottage Grove
  • Pat Baustian, Mayor of Luverne
  • Bob Broeder, Mayor of Le Seur
  • Ted Kozlowski, Mayor of Stillwater
  • Jack L'Heureux, Mayor of Mora
  • Charles Novak, Mayor of Ely
  • Mark Peterson, Mayor of Winona
  • Dennis Phelps, Mayor of Westbrook
  • Mike Poellinger, Mayor of La Crescent
  • Gary Skalko, Mayor of Mountain Iron
  • Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite Falls
  • Tom Stiehm, Mayor of Austin
  • Robert Beussman, Mayor of New Ulm
  • R. T. Rybak, former mayor of Minneapolis[38]
  • El Tinklenberg, former Mayor of Blaine
State elected officials
Local officials
  • Noah Hobbs, Duluth City Council
  • Renee Van Nett, Duluth City Council
  • Andrew Johnson, Minneapolis City Council
  • Abdi Warsame, Minneapolis City Council
  • Linea Palmisano, Minneapolis City Council
  • Michael Herring, Robbinsdale School Board
  • David Boone, Robbinsdale School Board
  • Pam Lindberg, Robbinsdale School Board
  • Anne Casey, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Mary Tomback, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Karen Waters, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Ken Morrison, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Crystal Brakke, Richfield School Board
  • Chris LaTondresse, Hopkins School Board
  • Jen Bouchard, Hopkins School Board
  • Betsy Tate Anderson, former Hopkins School Board
  • Nancy Livingston, North St. Paul School Board
  • Todd Rengo, Esko School Board
  • Jim Grabowska, St. Clair School Board
  • Dan Hartman, former Duluth Council
  • Kevin Staunton, Edina City Council
  • Joanie Clausen, Golden Valley Council
  • Gillian Rosenquist, Golden Valley Council
  • Katy Campbell, Hopkins Council
  • Valerie Holthus, Andover City Council
  • Christian Torkelson, Little Canada Council
  • Mari Daily, Moorhead Council
  • Nevada Littlewolf, Virginia City Council
  • Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner
  • Vance Stuehrenberg, Blue Earth County Commissioner
  • Gordy Wagner, Pope County Commissioner
  • Reed Olson, Beltrami County Commissioner
  • Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Commissioner
Individuals
Tribal nations
Newspapers
Unions
National Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Erin
Murphy
Lori
Swanson
Tim
Walz
Other Undecided
Emerson College August 8–11, 2018 217 ± 6.9% 19% 29% 28% 24%
Marist College July 15–19, 2018 439 ± 5.6% 11% 28% 24% 1% 37%
GQR Research (D-Minnesota Victory PAC) June 25–27, 2018 602 17% 37% 29% 1%[53] 16%

Straw poll

Straw poll ballot at the Minnesota DFL February 2018 precinct caucuses
Straw poll ballot at the Minnesota DFL February 2018 precinct caucuses

On February 6, 2018 the DFL conducted a statewide straw poll among registered Democrats in Minnesota. Caucus-goers were scheduled to elect delegates to their party's Senate district and county conventions, which in turn will elect state convention delegates who will endorse candidates for governor, two U.S. Senate seats, attorney general, state auditor and secretary of state. Congressional district delegates will endorse U.S. House candidates. Since the straw poll the three lowest performing candidates withdrew from the race (Paul Thissen, Chris Coleman, and Tina Liebling).

Congressional
Unit
Total
attendance
Chris Coleman Tina Liebling Erin Murphy Rebecca Otto Paul Thissen Tim
Walz
Other Uncommitted
1 2577 71 355 107 232 56 1558 4 163
2 3501 384 202 411 656 120 1156 4 523
3 4291 670 202 386 827 186 1362 8 530
4 6072 854 297 1111 1227 139 1384 11 897
5 9519 1019 457 1400 1462 537 2363 30 1137
6 2375 326 115 294 587 59 590 4 375
7 2121 124 106 274 405 172 761 4 273
8 3873 441 277 474 1082 263 759 8 527
Statewide 34329 3889 2011 4457 6478 1532 9933 73 4425
Percent - 11.86% 6.13% 13.59% 19.75% 4.67% 30.29% 0.22% 13.49%

Results

Results by county:  Walz   70–80%   60–70%   50–60%   40–50%   30–40%    Murphy   40–50%    Swanson   50–60%   40–50%   30–40%
Results by county:
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz 242,832 41.60%
DFL Erin Murphy 186,969 32.03%
DFL Lori Swanson 143,517 24.59%
DFL Tim Holden 6,398 1.10%
DFL Olé Savior 4,019 0.69%
Total votes 583,735 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominated

Eliminated in primary

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Tim Pawlenty

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Jeff
Johnson
Matt
Kruse
Tim
Pawlenty
Other Undecided
Emerson College August 8–11, 2018 156 ± 8.0% 34% 43% 23%
Marist College July 15–19, 2018 340 ± 6.4% 32% 51% 1% 16%
BK Strategies (R) June 24–25, 2018 439 ± 4.7% 20% 3% 54% 23%

Results

Results by county:  Johnson   70–80%   60–70%   50–60%   40–50%    Pawlenty   60-70%   50-60%   40–50%
Results by county:
Republican Party of Minnesota primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Johnson 168,841 52.61%
Republican Tim Pawlenty 140,743 43.86%
Republican Mathew Kruse 11,330 3.53%
Total votes 320,914 100%

Third parties and independents

Candidates

Declared

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[97] Likely DFL October 5, 2018
The Washington Post[98] Lean DFL October 16, 2018
FiveThirtyEight[99] Likely DFL October 17, 2018
Inside Elections[100] Likely DFL October 12, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[101] Lean DFL October 11, 2018
RealClearPolitics[102] Lean DFL October 12, 2018
Daily Kos[103] Lean DFL October 5, 2018
Fox News[104][a] Lean DFL October 12, 2018
Politico[105] Likely DFL October 12, 2018
Governing[106] Lean DFL October 2, 2018
Notes
  1. ^ The Fox News Midterm Power Rankings uniquely does not contain a category for Safe/Solid races

Debates

The debate season began only three days after the primaries with Johnson and Walz participating in two debates on Friday, August 17. A third debate was held Friday, August 31.[107][108]

Host
network/sponsors
Date Link(s) Participants
Tim
Walz (DFL)
Jeff
Johnson (R)
MPR News August 31, 2018 [108] Invited Invited
KSTP-TV August 17, 2018 [109] Invited Invited
Twin Cities PBS (Almanac) August 17, 2018 [110] Invited Invited

Endorsements

Jeff Johnson (R)
Federal officials
Statewide and local officials
Individuals
Organizations
Tim Walz (DFL)
Federal officials
Newspapers
Mayors
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles[126]
  • Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis[40]
  • Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul
  • Rita Albrecht, Mayor of Bemidji
  • Emily Larson. Mayor of Duluth
  • Rick Cannata, Mayor of Hibbing
  • Bob Byrnes, Mayor of Marshall
  • Molly Cummings, Mayor of Hopkins
  • Mary Gaasch, Mayor of Lauderdale
  • Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy, Mayor of North Branch
  • Mike Kuhle, Mayor of Worthington
  • Mike Maguire, Mayor of Eagan
  • Rick Miller, Mayor of Waite Park
  • Harold Peterson, Blooming Prairie
  • Sarah Schroeder, Spring Grove
  • John Tuorilla, Mayor of Columet
  • Nancy Tyra-Lukens, Mayor of Eden Prairie
  • Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester
  • Nora Slawik, Mayor of Maplewood
  • Ben Schierer, Mayor of Fergus Falls
  • Jim Hovland, Mayor of Edina
  • Shep Harris, Mayor of Golden Valley
  • Gary Skalko, Mayor of Mountain Iron
  • Roy Srp, Mayor of Waseca
  • Myron Bailey, Mayor of Cottage Grove
  • Pat Baustian, Mayor of Luverne
  • Bob Broeder, Mayor of Le Seur
  • Ted Kozlowski, Mayor of Stillwater
  • Jack L'Heureux, Mayor of Mora
  • Charles Novak, Mayor of Ely
  • Mark Peterson, Mayor of Winona
  • Dennis Phelps, Mayor of Westbrook
  • Mike Poellinger, Mayor of La Crescent
  • Gary Skalko, Mayor of Mountain Iron
  • Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite Falls
  • Tom Stiehm, Mayor of Austin
  • Robert Beussman, Mayor of New Ulm
  • R. T. Rybak, former mayor of Minneapolis[38]
  • El Tinklenberg, former Mayor of Blaine
State and local officials
Local officials
  • Noah Hobbs, Duluth City Council
  • Renee Van Nett, Duluth City Council
  • Andrew Johnson, Minneapolis City Council
  • Abdi Warsame, Minneapolis City Council
  • Linea Palmisano, Minneapolis City Council
  • Michael Herring, Robbinsdale School Board
  • David Boone, Robbinsdale School Board
  • Pam Lindberg, Robbinsdale School Board
  • Anne Casey, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Mary Tomback, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Karen Waters, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Ken Morrison, St. Louis Park School Board
  • Crystal Brakke, Richfield School Board
  • Chris LaTondresse, Hopkins School Board
  • Jen Bouchard, Hopkins School Board
  • Betsy Tate Anderson, former Hopkins School Board
  • Nancy Livingston, North St. Paul School Board
  • Todd Rengo, Esko School Board
  • Jim Grabowska, St. Clair School Board
  • Dan Hartman, former Duluth Council
  • Kevin Staunton, Edina City Council
  • Joanie Clausen, Golden Valley Council
  • Gillian Rosenquist, Golden Valley Council
  • Katy Campbell, Hopkins Council
  • Valerie Holthus, Andover City Council
  • Christian Torkelson, Little Canada Council
  • Mari Daily, Moorhead Council
  • Nevada Littlewolf, Virginia City Council
  • Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner
  • Vance Stuehrenberg, Blue Earth County Commissioner
  • Gordy Wagner, Pope County Commissioner
  • Reed Olson, Beltrami County Commissioner
  • Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Commissioner
Individuals
Tribal nations
Unions
National Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tim
Walz (D)
Jeff
Johnson (R)
Josh
Welter (L)
Other Undecided
Change Research November 2–4, 2018 953 53% 41% 2% 2%[128]
Research Co. November 1–3, 2018 450 ± 4.6% 48% 42% 1% 9%
SurveyUSA October 29–31, 2018 600 ± 5.3% 49% 41% 2% 9%
Mason-Dixon October 15–17, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 45% 39% 3% 2%[128] 12%
Change Research October 12–13, 2018 1,413 47% 44% 3% 4%[129] 2%
Marist College September 30 – October 4, 2018 637 LV ± 4.9% 51% 36% 6% <1% 6%
55% 38% <1% 7%
860 RV ± 4.2% 49% 37% 7% <1% 7%
53% 39% 1% 8%
Mason-Dixon September 10–12, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 45% 36% 1% 2%[128] 16%
SurveyUSA September 6–8, 2018 574 ± 4.9% 47% 40% 3% 10%
Suffolk University August 17–20, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 46% 41% 1% 1%[130] 12%
Emerson College August 8–11, 2018 500 ± 4.6% 40% 33% 27%

Results

Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2018[131]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tim Walz/Peggy Flanagan 1,393,096 53.84% +3.77%
Republican Jeff Johnson/Donna Bergstrom 1,097,705 42.43% -2.08%
Grassroots Chris Wright/Judith Schwartzbacker 68,667 2.65% +1.07%
Libertarian Josh Welter/Mary O'Connor 26,735 1.03% +0.11%
n/a Write-ins 1,084 0.04% 0.00%
Total votes 2,587,287 100.0% N/A
DFL hold

Voter demographics

Edison Research exit poll
Demographic subgroup Walz Johnson No
Answer
% of
Voters
Gender
Men 48 51 1 46
Women 61 37 2 54
Age
18–24 years old 71 25 4 6
25–29 years old 54 44 2 5
30–39 years old 60 38 2 12
40–49 years old 51 46 3 13
50–64 years old 54 45 1 29
65 and older 54 46 N/A 35
Race
White 53 46 1 89
Black 84 14 2 5
Latino N/A N/A N/A 3
Asian N/A N/A N/A 2
Other N/A N/A N/A 2
Race by gender
White men 46 53 1 41
White women 59 39 2 48
Black men N/A N/A N/A 3
Black women N/A N/A N/A 2
Latino men N/A N/A N/A 1
Latino women N/A N/A N/A 1
Others N/A N/A N/A 3
Education
High school or less 53 46 1 17
Some college education 49 50 1 24
Associate degree 49 50 1 17
Bachelor's degree 58 40 2 26
Advanced degree 71 28 1 16
Education and race
White college graduates 62 36 2 38
White no college degree 47 52 1 51
Non-white college graduates 70 26 4 4
Non-white no college degree 74 23 3 7
Whites by education and gender
White women with college degrees 69 30 1 21
White women without college degrees 52 46 2 28
White men with college degrees 55 44 1 17
White men without college degrees 41 59 N/A 23
Non-whites 73 24 3 11
Income
Under $30,000 63 34 3 14
$30,000–49,999 54 43 3 21
$50,000–99,999 48 51 1 36
$100,000–199,999 55 42 3 23
Over $200,000 N/A N/A N/A 7
Party ID
Democrats 95 5 N/A 39
Republicans 10 90 N/A 32
Independents 53 44 3 28
Party by gender
Democratic men 94 5 1 14
Democratic women 95 4 1 25
Republican men 8 92 N/A 16
Republican women 12 88 N/A 17
Independent men 48 50 2 16
Independent women 60 36 4 13
Ideology
Liberals 95 3 2 27
Moderates 66 33 1 39
Conservatives 11 88 1 33
Marital status
Married 48 50 2 68
Unmarried 64 34 2 32
Gender by marital status
Married men 44 55 1 31
Married women 52 46 2 36
Unmarried men 52 44 4 15
Unmarried women 73 25 2 18
First-time midterm election voter
Yes 52 46 2 12
No 59 41 N/A 88
Most important issue facing the country
Health care 74 24 2 50
Immigration 20 79 1 22
Economy 30 67 3 18
Gun policy N/A N/A N/A 8
Area type
Urban 68 31 1 40
Suburban 51 47 2 32
Rural 42 57 1 28
Source: CNN[132]

See also

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  94. ^ Tim Pawlenty for Governor. "Rick Aguilar & Latino American Today have endorsed @TimPawlenty for #mngov. "Aguilar feels that we need a governor who understands and can make changes to our education system." Rick founded the Hispanic Republican Assembly & is active in the MN Republican Party". Twitter.
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  111. ^ Donald Trump. "Jeff Johnson of Minnesota had a big night in winning the Republican nomination for Governor against a very strong and well known opponent! Thanks for all of the support you showed me. You have my complete and total Endorsement. You will win in November!". Twitter.
  112. ^ Mike Pence. "CONGRATS to @MNJeffJohnson & @PeteStauber on their primary victories in Minnesota last night. They are the kind of strong leaders we need supporting @RealDonaldTrump's agenda!". Twitter.
  113. ^ Tom Emmer. "Congratulations to @MNJeffJohnson and @doug_wardlow on their primary wins. Look forward to working with the entire @mngop ticket to #TurnMNRed this November". Twitter.
  114. ^ "Former Lt. Gov. snubs old boss Tim Pawlenty, endorses Jeff Johnson". 4 May 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
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  116. ^ Tim Pawlenty. "Although the primary results were not what I had hoped, I have no regrets about the run. Am so grateful for Mary, my campaign team, supporters and friends for the great help and support. I wish @MNJeffJohnson the best as he strives to become MN's next Governor. Support him!". Twitter.
  117. ^ Jeff Johnson. "I'm so proud to have the support of my friend, Gov. Al Quie. He just turned 95, is sharp as a tack and wears his button with pride wherever he goes. God bless you, Al". Twitter.
  118. ^ Michelle Benson. "Update on @Tim_Walz government health care plan. @MNJeffJohnson is correct,  it is not good for hospitals. #MNGov". Twitter.
  119. ^ Mike Lindell. ".@MNJeffJohnson for MN Governor! #voteAugust14th". Twitter.
  120. ^ Jeff Johnson. "FARMER ENDORSED. Our campaign is proud to have the endorsement of @MNFarmBureau MN Farmers are the people who move our state forward & help nourish our entire country. We're beyond excited to represent them come November! #OverthrowTheStatusQuo #MNGov". Twitter.
  121. ^ "Job Creators Strongly Support Jeff Johnson for Minnesota Governor". NFIB. September 25, 2018.
  122. ^ Smith, Kelly (October 16, 2018). "Minneapolis police union endorses Republican Jeff Johnson for Minnesota governor". Star Tribune.
  123. ^ Barack Obama. "Today, I'm proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren't just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote:". Twitter.
  124. ^ Amy Klobuchar. "Great event at @HoopsBrewing in Duluth for my friend @Tim_Walz with a big crowd of supporters. Tim is standing up for Minnesota values and for our future. Looking forward to seeing him and @peggyflanagan win in November!". Twitter.
  125. ^ Tina Smith. "I am SO excited to see the incredible turnout everywhere @Tim_Walz and I go. We are hopeful. We have the momentum. And we are not taking ANYTHING for granted over the next 38 days. #OneMinnesota". Twitter.
  126. ^ Eric Garcetti. "Kicking off #EGinMN at the @MinnesotaDFL Founders' Day Dinner listening to @Tim_Walz -- a teacher and coach, veteran and congressman. Fired up by his speech, inspired by the leader he'll be for Minnesota". Twitter.
  127. ^ Jennifer Shultz. "Looking good, Duluth! TY @amyklobuchar, @Tim_Walz & @TonyLourey for visiting with us". Twitter.
  128. ^ a b c Chris Wright (GLC) with 2%
  129. ^ Chris Wright (GLC) with 4%
  130. ^ Chris Wright (GLC) with 1%
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