MINNESOTA
     Nov. 6, 2018 Senate

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+Amy Klobuchar (D) i
1,566,174
60.31%
Jim Newberger (R)
940,437
36.21%
Dennis Schuller (LMN)
66,236
2.55%
Paula Overby (G)
23,101
0.89%
w/in
931
0.04%

2,596,879

Plurality 625,737 votes (24.10 percentage points)
 MN Secretary of State




Notes: 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL), first, elected in 2006, was very well positioned to win a third term.  Her main opponent was state Rep. Jim Newberger (R), an EMT/paramedic; also on the ballot were Paula Overby (G) and Dennis Schuller (LM). 

The Aug. 15 primaries were not competitive.  Newberger won 69.50% of the vote, defeating Merrill Anderson (15.69%), Rae Hart Anderson (8.93%) and multi-state gadfly candidate Rocky De La Fuente (5.88%).  Klobuchar won 95.70% of the vote in the DFL primary.

Klobuchar has been mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, but unlike several other White House prospects she kept a fairly low profile nationally, not travelling around and doing a lot of events around the country.

Klobuchar and Newberger debated on Aug. 24 at the State Fair (+), and on Oct. 21 on KSTP-TV (+).  In a statement headlined, "A Historic Minnesota Election Year With Historically Few Debates," KSTP noted that Klobuchar had "initially declined our invitation (+)."

The race was extremely lopsided financially.  Open Secrets reported that from 2013-18 the Klobuchar campaign raised $10.6 million, spent $8.9 million and finished with cash on hand of $4.4 million; by comparison during the course of his campaign Newberger raised $257,714, spent $249,709 and finished with cash on hand of $8,004 (+).


Campaign Managers:
Amy Klobuchar:  Joe Radosevich
(Jan. 2018)  Chief of staff in the Office Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Jan.-Dec. 2017; campaign manager on Josh Shapiro for Attorney General, Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Executive direoctor of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee's Coordinated Campaign (Norristown, PA),  Feb.-Dec. 2015.  Senior advisor and special assistant to Sen. Klobuchar, Jan. 2012-Jan. 2015.  Senior associate-political director at Kennedy Communications Inc., May 2009-Dec. 2011.  Bodyman, aide on Entenza for Governor, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Staff assistant in the U.S. Senate May 2007-May 2008.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2009.


Jim Newberger: served as his own campaign manager

 




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