Incumbent R.T. Rybak and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, both DFLers, advanced to the general election on November 8 for the mayoral post. Both candidates had sought endorsement at the DFL City Convention, but neither was able to reach the 60% required. In the Primary election, Rybak was the overall winner with 44.49% of the vote, while McLaughlin received 35.33%. Full election results are available on the City's website .
In other offices, the DFL-endorsed candidates won in all races except Ward 2 (Green Party Cam Gordon won by 141 votes over DFLer Cara Letofsky), 1 Park Board seat (Incumbent Annie Young had no DFL-endorsed opponent) and 1 Library Board seat (Incumbent Anita Duckor (independent) beat Gary Thaden (DFL). (Thaden was later appointed by the Minneapolis City Council). In wards where there was no DFL endorsement (8 & 10), the seat was won by the candidate who came closest to getting the DFL endorsement.