MINNESOTA
     Nov. 4, 2014 U.S. Senate                                      

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+Al Franken (DFL) i
1,053,205
53.15%
Mike McFadden (R)
850,227
42.91%
Steve Carlson (Indep.)
47,503
2.40%
Heather Johnson (L)
29,685
1.50%
w/ins
881


1,981,528

Active Registered Voters: 3,137,949

Plurality: 202,978 votes (10.24 percentage points)

 MN Secretary of State




Notes: 
Sen. Al Franken (DFL) defeated Mike McFadden (R), a first-time candidate on leave from his position as CEO of a Minneapolis investment firm, to win a second term. 

Going into the Republican state convention in Rochester on May 30-31, 2014 there was close competition among several candidates for the party's endorsement to face Franken.  In the running were state Sen. Julianne Ortman, McFadden, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, state Rep. Jim Abeler, Monti Moreno and Phillip Parrish.  McFadden emerged with the endorsement on the tenth ballot.

Franken and McFadden engaged in three debates:

Oct. 1 - sponsored by Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and Duluth News Tribune in Duluth (>);

Oct. 26 - on WCCO-TV in Minneapolis (>);

Nov. 2 - on MPR on Nov. #, 2014 (>)


Campaign Managers:
Al Franken   Matt Burgess
(Mar. 2013)  Campaign manager and inaugural director on Maggie Hassan for Governor (NH), Jan. 2012-Mar. 2013.  Consultant, Feb. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Political advisor at EMILY's List, Apr. 2007-Feb. 2011.  Senior associate at MacWilliams Robinson & Partner, Apr. 2006-Apr. 2007.  Communications director at Matt Brown for U.S. Senate, Jan. 2005-Apr. 2006.  Communications director on Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, Apr.-Nov. 2004.  Communications at SEIU, Feb. 2003-Mar. 2004.  Press secretary on Jill Long Thompson for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2002.  Press secretary on Lynn Rivers for Congress, Apr.-Aug. 2002.  Assistant to the national field director/NH staff on Bill Bradley for President, 1999-2000.

Mike McFadden
  Carl Kuhl
(reported July 2, 2014...succeeding Brad Herold)  Co-founder / principal at Connolly Kuhl Group. 
Founder / managing partner at Kuhl Partners, Mar. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Spokesman on Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign, 2010.  Constituent policy liaison for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, Feb. 2006-Dec. 2008.  Director of communications for Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, Sept. 2004-Dec. 2005.  Studied communications and public relations and Metropolitan State University.

Brad Herold
(Sept. 2013 to end of June / beg. of July 2014, reported moved to senior advisor, started in office of Sen. Marco Rubio in Aug. 2014)  Deputy staff director for the Majority Office in the Florida House, Nov. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Campaign manager on Adam Hasner for U.S. House (FL), Feb.-Nov. 2012; special assistant on Adam Hasner for U.S. Senate, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Legislative affairs in Florida Dept. of Transportation, Jan.-May 2011.  Coalition director on Rick Scott for Governor, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Executive director at the Broward County Republican Party, Mar.-Aug. 2010.  Director of field operations at the Republican Party of Florida, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2010.  Internship coordinator in the Florida Governor's Office, Feb.-Nov. 2007.


See also:
AP.  "Republicans Vie at Convention To Be Franken's Foe."  CBS Minnesota, May 30, 2014.

Briana Bierschbach.  "Dahlberg and McFadden still battling for Minnesota GOP endorsement; Ortman forced to exit Rochester fight."  MinnPost, May 31, 2014.

Tom Scheck.  "At Republican state convention, political purity takes a back seat."  MPR, June 2, 2014.

Briana Bierschbach. "McFadden unifies the GOP with a convention win, but at the price of DFL's Bachmann attack."  MinnPost, June 2, 2014.

John Hugh Gilmore.   "Nowhere Man: Mike McFadden's Empty Candidacy."  Minnesota Conservatives, Feb. 12, 2014.





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