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+Mark Dayton/Tina Smith (DFL) i
989,113
50.07%
Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle (R)
879,257
44.51%
Hannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke (Indep.)
56,900
2.88%
Chris Wright/David Daniels (GLC)
31,259
1.58%
Chris Holbrook/Chris Dock (L)
18,082
0.92%
w/ins
795


1,975,406

Active Registered Voters: 3,137,949

Plurality: 109,856 votes (5.56 percentage points)

 MN Secretary of State




Notes: 
Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) won a second term, defeating Hennepin County Commissioner and former state Rep. Jeff Johnson (R).  Also on the ballot were Independence Party nominee Hannah Nicollet, a mom and former software developer, as well as Chris Wright (GLC) and Chris Holbrook (L).

Three Republicans competed for the party's endorsement at the convention in Rochester on May 31, 2014; although Johnson won and state Sen. Dave Thompson withdrew and endorsed him, former state Rep. Marty Siefert opted to continue on to the primary.  In addition, state Rep. and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour, former senior managing director at a global investment firm, bypassed the convention.  The result was a competitive four-way race (>) for the Republican nomination in the Aug. 12 primary.  Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle finished first with 55,836 votes (30.33%) followed by Kurt Zellers and Dean Simpson 44,046 (23.92%); Marty Seifert and Pam Myhra
38,851 (21.10%); and Scott Honour and Karin Housley 38,377 (20.84%); also on the ballot were Merrill Anderson and Mark Anderson 7,000 (3.80%). 

Meanwhile, on Jan. 14, 2014, Dayton's lieutenant governor, Yvonne Prettner Solon, announced she would not seek re-election.  Dayton named his chief of staff Tina Smith as his running mate on Feb. 4.  Dayton-Smith won the Aug. 12 DFL primary with 92.99% of the vote.  Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke were unopposed for the Independence Party nomination.

Candidates participated in five debates, but Nicollet was excluded from the final three:

  • Oct. 1 - Dayton, Johnson and Nicollet, sponsored by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and Post Bulletin in Rochester (>);
  • Oct. 8 - Dayton, Johnson and Nicollet at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead/Forum News Service (>);
  • Oct. 14 - Dayton and Johnson, sponsored by Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and Duluth News Tribune in Duluth (>);
  • Oct. 19 - Dayton and Johnson at Hamline University in St. Paul/KMSP-TV (FOX9) (>);
  • Oct. 31 - Dayton and Johnson on Twin Cities Public TV in St. Paul (>).
 

Campaign Managers:
Mark Dayton   Katharine Tinucci
(from June 7, 2013)  Press secretary and assistant chief of staff to Gov. Dayton, Jan. 2011-June 2013.  Deputy campaign manager for communications on Dayton's 2010 campaign, Sept. 2009-Dec. 2010.  J.D. from University of Saint Thomas School of Law, 2009; B.A. in theatre, theology, women's studies from Loyola University Chicago, 2006.

Jeff Johnson  David Gaither

(Sept. 2014 succeeding Scot Crockett)  Executive director of the International Education Center from 2007.  Executive recruiter/principal at Corporate Talent, LLC, 1998-2005.  Chief of staff to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, 2005-07.  Minnesota State Senator (District 43) elected 2002 and resigned in 2005.  Studied at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the late 1970s.

Scot Crockett (May-Sept. 2014)  Self-employed at Issues Impact Group, LLC since June 2009.  Vice president for campaign service at DDC Advocacy, Apr. 2013-Apr. 2014.  Managing director at DCI Group, Mar. 2005-Apr. 2009.  Special assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, Sept. 2004-Feb. 2005.  Studied at Ripon College.








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