2020 Minnesota Democratic primary

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2020 Minnesota Democratic presidential primary

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SC                         MN                         Super Tuesday II
92 delegates (75 pledged, 17 unpledged)
to the Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Minnesota Democratic presidential primary will complete on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, as one of 14 contests scheduled on Super Tuesday in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election, following the 2020 South Carolina Democratic primary the weekend before. The Minnesota primary is an open primary, with the state party awarding 92 delegates to its national convention, of which 75 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary. Early voting will be possible for just over six weeks beginning January 17, 2020.

This primary is only for the presidential election. Minnesota also holds a late summer primary for elections within the state. For 2020, the primary for state races will occur on August 11.[1]


Minnesota is one of 14 states holding primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday",[2] to determine the state's presidential nominating contest. Party-run caucuses are still held in the state, but no longer include or influence the presidential nomination question. Then-governor Mark Dayton signed a bill on May 22, 2016 making this change to the state's presidential nominating contests.[3]

Absentee voting began on January 17, 2020.[4] A legal challenge was brought jointly by James Martin and a Republican candidate threatening to disrupt the process[5], but was denied by the Minnesota Supreme Court.[6] Voting on Super Tuesday is expected to take place throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in much of the state, with voting in certain townships starting at 10:00 a.m. Under Minnesota's open primary law, there are no qualifications that a candidate must meet in order for that candidate's name to be printed on a primary ballot excepting only being included the notice provided by the party's chair to the Minnesota Secretary of State; there are no restrictions as to what names the chair may give in its notice[7]. Under state party rules, however, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable[citation needed]. The 75 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 75 pledged delegates, between 4 and 10 are allocated to each of the state's 8 congressional districts and another 10 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 16 at-large pledged delegates. Bonus delegates will be allocated as Minnesota shares a primary date with numerous other states on Super Tuesday; these numbers do not yet account for these delegates.[8]

After organizing unit conventions running from Saturday, March 7, 2020 until Sunday, April 19, 2020 during which delegates for congressional district and state conventions are nominated, third level congressional district conventions will take place between Saturday, May 2, 2020 and Friday, May 29, 2020, where national convention district delegates will be selected. The state convention will subsequently be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020 to vote on the 16 pledged at-large and 10 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 75 pledged delegates Minnesota sends to the national convention will be joined by 17 unpledged PLEO delegates (8 members of the Democratic National Committee; 7 members of Congress, including both Senators, notably Amy Klobuchar, and 5 U.S. Representatives; and former vice president Walter Mondale).[8]


With the impeachment trial coming up and taking up the time of several of the top tier candidates, including Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar, the start of early voting was extremely important to her and the state party. Several rallies featuring her and other top DFL officials were held on that day, January 17.[9]

There are few events taking place in the state during the time between the opening of the polls and counting the votes on Super Tuesday.


Poll source Date(s)
of error
Other Undecided
University of Massachusetts Lowell] Feb 12-19, 2020 450 ± 6.4% 9% 9% 10% - 27% - 21% 16% 4%[a] 4%
Kaiser Family Foundation Sept 23-Oct 15, 2019 249 - 14% - 7% 1% 15% 1% 13% 25% 5%[b] 21%
Change Research Jun 8–12, 2019 772 ± 3.7% 20% - 11% 4% 16% 3% 19% 21% 5%[c]


15 candidates and uncommitted option were on the ballot.[10] Candidates names remain on the ballot even if the candidate has suspended/ended his/her campaign before the primary.

Minnesota Democratic primary, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Biden
Democratic Michael Bloomberg
Democratic Pete Buttigieg
Democratic Tulsi Gabbard
Democratic Amy Klobuchar
Democratic Bernie Sanders
Democratic Tom Steyer
Democratic Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Michael Bennet (withdrew after no-excuse, in-person absentee voting started)
Democratic John Delaney (withdrew after no-excuse, in-person absentee voting started)
Democratic Deval Patrick (withdrew after no-excuse, in-person absentee voting started)
Democratic Andrew Yang (withdrew after no-excuse, in-person absentee voting started)
Democratic Cory Booker (withdrawn)
Democratic Julián Castro (withdrawn)
Democratic Marianne Williamson (withdrawn)
Democratic Uncommitted
Total votes 100%


Additional candidates
  1. ^ Gabbard with 4%; Steyer and "Another Candidate" with 0%
  2. ^ Yang with 4%; Booker with 1%
  3. ^ Yang with 2%; Booker, Castro, and Inslee with 1%; Bennet, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Gravel, Messam, Moulton, Ryan, and Williamson with 0%


  1. ^ "Elections Calendar". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (May 22, 2016). "Minnesota moves to presidential primary in 2020". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Secretary Of State - Presidential primary". www.sos.state.mn.us. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  5. ^ McKinney, Matt (December 20, 2019). "Challenge to Minnesota's Trump-only Republican ballot leaves early voting in limbo". StarTribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved December 27, 2019. State officials warned the Supreme Court in papers filed this week that unless the ballot question is settled 'within the first few days of January,' they may not have enough time to print and distribute ballots for the start of early voting on Jan. 17.
  6. ^ "MN Supreme Court ruling: Primary ballot will stay as it is". MPR News. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  7. ^ "Form Of Ballots; Candidates On Ballots". Statute No. §207A.13, subd. 2(a) of 2019. Minnesota.
  8. ^ a b "Minnesota Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Dave Orrick (January 19, 2020). "Minnesota's Democratic who's who comes out for Klobuchar". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "DFL Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Ballot". dfl.org. Democratic Farmers-Labors Union. December 17, 2019. Retrieved December 27, 2019.

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