United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018

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United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018

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  Tina Smith official photo (cropped).jpg Karin Housley 2018.jpg
Nominee Tina Smith Karin Housley
Party DFL Republican

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Tina Smith
DFL



The 2018 United States Senate special election in Minnesota will take place November 6, 2018, to elect a United States Senator from Minnesota to fill Senator Al Franken's term expiring on January 3, 2021. On December 7, 2017, Franken announced his resignation, effective January 2, 2018. His successor, Tina Smith, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on December 13, 2017, and is running in the special election. This election will coincide with a regularly scheduled U.S. Senate election for the seat currently held by Amy Klobuchar, U.S. House elections, a gubernatorial election, State House elections, and other elections.

The candidate filing deadline was June 5, 2018, and the primary election was held on August 14, 2018.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Tina Smith
Vice Presidents
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide and local politicians
Labor unions
Organizations
Newspapers and news websites
Richard Painter
Local and statewide politicians
Individuals
Organizations

Results[edit]

Results by county:
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tina Smith (incumbent) 433,705 76.06%
DFL Richard Painter 78,193 13.71%
DFL Ali Chehem Ali 18,897 3.31%
DFL Gregg Iverson 17,825 3.13%
DFL Nick Leonard 16,529 2.90%
DFL Christopher L. Seymore Sr. 5,041 0.88%
Total votes 570,190 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Nominated[edit]

Eliminated in primary[edit]

  • Bob Anderson, businessman[40]
  • Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey[3]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Karin Housley
U.S. Presidents
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State Legislators
Individuals
Organizations

Results[edit]

Results by county:
Republican Party of Minnesota primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karin Housley 186,384 61.95%
Republican Bob Anderson 107,102 35.60%
Republican Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey 7,355 2.45%
Total votes 300,861 100%

Minor parties and independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[69] Lean D August 24, 2018
Inside Elections[70] Likely D April 9, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[71] Likely D April 5, 2018
Fox News[72] Likely D^ July 9, 2018
CNN[73] Likely D July 12, 2018
RealClearPolitics[74] Lean D August 13, 2018

^Highest rating given

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tina
Smith (D)
Karin
Housley (R)
Other Undecided
Mason-Dixon September 10–12, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 44% 37% 4%[75] 15%
SurveyUSA September 6–8, 2018 574 ± 4.9% 48% 39% 2% 11%
Suffolk University August 17–20, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 44% 37% 2%[76] 18%
Emerson College August 8–11, 2018 500 ± 4.6% 32% 28% 41%
Marist College July 15–19, 2018 876 ± 4.0% 49% 35% 1% 15%
BK Strategies (R) June 24–25, 2018 1,574 ± 2.5% 48% 39% 13%

Results[edit]

United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tina Smith (incumbent)
Republican Karin Housley
Independent Jerry Trooien
LMN Sarah Wellington
Majority
Total votes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "MN-Sen: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D. NH) Helps Tina Smith (D) Get Ready To Defeat Michelle Bachmann (R)". Daily Kos. January 18, 2018. 
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  63. ^ Karin Housley. "I am so pleased to have the endorsement of @maggieslist1—joining so many other conservative women across the country running for office to fight for the communities we love. #mnsen". Twitter. 
  64. ^ Karin Housley. "Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis endorses Karin Housley". Facebook. 
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  66. ^ a b "Karin Housley endorsed by National Cattlemen's Beef Association". housleyforsenate.com. September 20, 2018. 
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  75. ^ Jerry Trooien (I) and Sarah Wellington (LMN) with 2%
  76. ^ Sarah Wellington (LMN) with 2%, Jerry Trooien (I) with 0%

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites