MINNESOTA 10 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.           5,639,632
Registration, Nov. 2020                                           >
Minnesota has: 87 counties.
Largest counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Washington.
Five largest cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington. 

Government
Governor: Tim Walz (DFL) elected in 2018.
State Legislature: Minnesota State Legislature   House: 134 seats  Senate: 67 seats
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U.S. House: 5DFL, 3R - 1. J.Hagedorn (R)2. A.Craig (DFL) | 3. D.Phillips (DFL) | 4. B.McCollum (DFL) | 5. I.Omar (DFL) | 6. T.Emmer (R) | 7. C.Peterson (DFL) | 8. P.Stauber (R).   >
U.S. Senate: Tina Smith (DFL) seeking re-election in 2020, Amy Klobuchar (DFL) re-elected in 2018.
2020
U.S. Senate: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (DFL) is up for re-election.  Smith, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) to fill the seat held by Sen. Al Franken (DFL), assumed office on Jan. 3, 2018 and was elected in a Nov. 2018 special general election.  She faces former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis (R) and two marijuana party candidates Oliver Steinberg (GLC) and Kevin O'Connor (LMN),
U.S. House:
All eight Members are seeking re-election. The most competitive races are in MN-1 (southern MN from South Dakota to Wisconsin) where freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R) faces former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dan Feehan (DFL) and MN-7 (western MN) where U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) first elected in 1990, faces former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach (R).

State Legislature: All 134 House seats 67 Senate seats are up.
Ballot Measures: No constitutional amendments are on the ballot.

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Land of 10,000 Lakes
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Minnesota has had Election Day registration since 1974.


Absentee Voting by Mail or In-Person
:
Sept. 18-Nov. 2, 2020. +

"Due to COVID-19, absentee ballots postmarked by election day will be counted if they arrive at the election office within seven days." - MN SOS  >

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On the Ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (DFL)


De La Fuente/Richardson (I-A)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.)


West/Tidball (Indep.)


Pierce/Ballard (Indep.)


La Riva/Peltier (SandL)


Kennedy/Jarrett (SWP)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)








Ballot Access:
Non-major party presidential candidates must obtain 2,000 signatures during the filing period, May 19-Aug. 18, 2020. >
Overview: Trump-Pence came close to winning here in 2016, and Republicans are making a very determined effort here in 2020.  It is an surprising choice as the Republican nominee has not carried the state since Richard Nixon in 1972.
   The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, triggered weeks of unrest nationwide (+), bringing widespread attention to racial justice and reforms (+). 
   After ending her run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Mar. 2, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was seen as a top prospect in Biden's vice presidential search but her odds dropped sharply following the Floyd killing.
   On Sept. 18, the first day of voting, both Biden and Trump made visits to the state, Biden touring and speaking at a carpenter training center in a suburb of Duluth and Trump holding a Great American Comeback rally at Bemidji airport.  Both campaigns are active
(R | D | G).
Trump  |  Biden



See also: Alston W. Herndon.  "Minnesota Seemed Ripe for a Trump Breakout. It Has Not Arrived."  New York Times, Sept. 13, 2020.
[State Primary: August 11, 2020]
Presidential Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Democrats
Biden 287,553 (38.64%), Sanders 222,431 (29.89%), Warren 114,674 (15.41%), Bloomberg 61,882 (8.32%), Klobuchar 41,530 (5.58%)...Total  744,198.  details

91 Delegates: 49 District, 16 At-Large, 10 PLEO and 16 Unpledged.

Republicans
Trump 137,275 (97.67%), Write In 3,280 (2.33%).  Total: 140,555.
Note: Minnesota previously used a caucus system.  On May 22, 2016 Gov. Dayton signed into law a bill instituting a presidential primary system beginning in 2020.


General Election Winners in Minnesota, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
43.48%
Clinton
51.10%
Gore
47.91%
Kerry
51.09%
Obama
54.06%
Obama
52.65%
Clinton
46.44%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,966,155.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 74.2%.



Minnesota has had Election Day registration since 1974.

Absentee Voting by Mail or In-Person:
Sept. 23-Nov. 7, 2016.



Note: An Aug. 2016 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts ranks Minnesota "the number one state for having the least amount of registration or absentee ballot problems (+)."
Official Results >

 
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,322,951
(44.92)
+Clinton/Kaine (DFL)
1,367,716
(46.44)
Castle/Bradley (Const.)
9,456
(0.32)
Vacek/Elworth (Marij.)
11,291
(0.38)
Kennedy/Hart (SWP)
1,672
(0.06)
Stein/Hawkins (Grn.)
36,985
(1.26)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (AmDel.)
1,431
(0.05)
McMullin/Johnson (Indep.)
53,076
(1.80)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
112,972
(3.84)
w/ins
27,263
(0.93)
Total........2,944,813

Overview: The Republican presidential ticket had not carried Minnesota since Richard Nixon won in 1972, but Trump-Pence came very close to achieving a win in 2016. 
   In September there was a bit of a kerfuffle over Trump being placed on the ballot, but the state Supreme Court quickly settled the matter (+).
   In the closing days of the campaign Trump and Pence each visited the state (New York magazine's "Daily Intelligencer" (Nov. 5) described the visits as a "sign of desperation," but clearly the Trump campaign saw there was a possibility of winning).  There were a handful of Democratic visits.

   The Clinton campaign had very small footprint in Minnesota compared to election cycles going back to 2000, but it was enough to win.  Clinton-Kaine prevailed with a plurality of 44,765 votes (1.52 percentage points).  Their vote total was off by 11.5% (178,451 votes) from Obama's 2012 total, while the Republican ticket obtained almost the same share of the vote as Romney had in 2012.  Clinton carried just nine counties (Cook, St. Louis Lake and Carlton in the NE tip; Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota and Washington in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area; and Olmsted Co. in the SE) to 78 for Trump. 
   Independent candidate Evan McMullin secured the backing of the Independence Party of MN in August (+) and achieved his third best showing in the state.

   Minnesota had the highest turnout as a percentage of voting eligilble population of any state.
General Election Visits
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,876,752.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 75.7%.


Absentee Voting: Sept. 21-Nov. 5, 2012. +
MN SOS: Voter Information

Official Results >

 
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,320,225
(44.96)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.) 1,546,167
(52.65)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
35,098
(1.20)
Harris/Deluca (SWP)
1,051
(0.04)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
3,722
(0.13)
Morstad/Franke-Hyland (CG)
1,092
(0.04)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
13,023
(0.44)
Carlson/McMahon (Grass.)
3,149
(0.11)
Lindsay/Osorio (PS&L)
397
(0.01)
Anderson/Rodriguez (Jus.)
1,996
(0.07)
w/ins
10,641
(0.36)
Total........2,936,561

2012 Overview
The Republican presidential ticket has not carried Minnesota since Richard Nixon won in 1972, and that continued for 2012.  Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who ran a short-lived presidential campaign of his own, and who was on Sen. John McCain's short list in 2008, was frequently mentioned as a potential running mate for Romney until Romney selected another midwesterner, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI).  Although the Romney campaign ran ads in Minnesota late in the campaign, observers suggested they were aimed at influencing voters in Wisconsin.  Obama-Biden won with a plurality of 225,942 (7.69 percentage points), carrying 28 counties to 59 for Romney-Ryan.  Minnesota had the highest turnout of any state as a percentage of voting eligilble population.
General Election Details
Obama  |  (Romney)
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,721,943.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 78.2%.


Total Registration: 3,199,981 plus same day registrants: 542,140.


 +                               Official Results >


McCain-Palin (Rep.)
1,275,409
(43.82)
+Obama-Biden (DFL)
1,573,354
(54.06)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
5,174
(0.18)
Calero/Kennedy (SWP)
790
(0.03)
Nader/Gonzalez (I)
30,152
(1.04)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
9,174
(0.32)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.)
6,787
(0.23)
w/ins
9,529
(0.33)
Total........2,910,369




2008 Overview
The 2008 Republican National Convention, held at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 1-4, 2008, helped boost the state's economy, but couldn't tip the Minnesota into the Republican column.  Obama won with a plurality of 297,945 votes (10.24 percentage points).  Much of that came from the two biggest counties, Hennepin and Ramsey, where Obama obtained a total of 603,932 votes to 319,996 for McCain.  All told McCain carried 45 counties to 42 for Obama. 
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader  |  Baldwin


Photos: Politics at the Minnesota State Fair

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,609,185.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 78.4%.

 

Cobb/LaMarche
4,408
(0.16)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,346,695
(47.61)
+Kerry/Edwards (DFL) 1,445,014 (51.09)
Van Auken/Lawrence (SEP) 539
(0.02)
Calero/Hawkins (SWP)
416
(0.01)
Harens/Ryan (CF)
2,387
(0.08)
Nader Camejo (BL)
18,683
(0.66)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.)
3,074
(0.11)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.)
4,639
(0.16)
Write Ins
2,532

Total........2,828,387
 




2004 Overview
Kerry widened the margin upon Gore's 2000 showing, gaining a plurality of 98,319 votes (3.48 percentage points).  Kerry finished ahead in the 4th, 5th and 8th CDs.  At the meeting of the Electoral College on Dec. 13, 2004 Minnesota earned an asterisk when one of the 10 electors voted for John Edwards for president.

General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush/Cheney '04


General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,506,432.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 69.5%.
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
 3,272
 (0.13)
+Gore/Lieberman (DFL)
 1,168,266
(47.91)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 1,109,659
(45.50)
Harris/Trowe (SWP)
 1,022
(0.04)
Buchanan/Foster(Ref.MN)
 22,166
(0.91)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (Ref.)
2,294
(0.09)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
 5,282
 (0.22)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
126,696
(5.20)
Declared Write Ins (3) 
28
Total........2,438,685

Total Voters: 2,457,156.

2000 Overview
Bush made a close race for Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, but on Election Day Gore came out on top, gaining a plurality of 58,607 votes (2.41 percentage points).  Gore carried 16 counties to 71 for Bush.  The last Republican presidential candidate to carry Minnesota was Richard Nixon, seeking re-election in 1972 against George McGovern.  Yet in October at least one poll showed Bush ahead.  The state experienced a crush of activity in the closing weeks of the campaign.  Nader supporters hoped to obtain as much as 10 percent, which, had it happened could have tipped the state to Bush.  Gov. Ventura, who has roiled Minnesota politics since his upset win in 1998, remained neutral in the presidential race.
General Election Activity

1992 and 1996 General Elections

1992
Clinton (Dem.).....1,020,997
(43.48)
Bush (Rep.)...........747,841
(31.85)
Perot (MNfP)..........562,506
(23.96)
Others (8+w/ins)......16,603
(0.71)
Total........2,347,947

1996
Clinton (Dem.).....1,120,438
(51.10)
Dole (Rep.)............766,476
(34.96)
Perot (Ref.)............257,704
(11.75)
Nader (Grn.)............24,908
(1.14)
Others (7+w/ins)......23,114
(1.05)
Total........2,192,640
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