Minnesota - Governor

as of October 19

The Candidates

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Mark Dayton

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: January 26, 1947
  • Residence: Minneapolis, MN

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Tom Emmer

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: March 3, 1961
  • Residence: Delano, MN

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Tom Horner

  • Independent
  • Birthdate: June 23, 1950
  • Residence: Edina, MN

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Previous Results

    Minnesota Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Tim Pawlenty REP 1,028,568 46.7%
    Mike Hatch DEM 1,007,460 45.8%
    Peter Hutchinson IND 141,735 6.4%
    Ken Pentel GRE 10,800 0.5%
    Walt Brown ALL 9,649 0.4%
    Leslie Davis AME 3,776 0.2%

    U.S. President: Minnesota (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 1,573,354 54.2%
    John McCain REP 1,275,409 44%
    Ralph Nader IND 30,152 1%
    Bob Barr LIB 9,174 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 6,787 0.2%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 5,174 0.2%
    Roger Calero SOC 790 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 19, 2010

New NPR Rating

Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    Oct 15, 2010

    New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

    Lean-D (was Toss-up)

      Sep 2, 2010

      In Minn., It's Anyone's Race, With Potential For A Spoiler

      Incumbent Tim Pawlenty (R), first elected in 2002, is retiring. Even if he had decided to run again -- there are no term limits in Minnesota -- he would have been hard pressed to win a third term. But Democrats are far from guaranteed from winning in November, as their candidate, former Sen. Mark Dayton, has flatly called for an increase in taxes. The Republican nominee, state Rep. Tom Emmer, has his own problems; his opponents are trying to paint him as too far to the right. Tom Horner, who once worked for ex-GOP Sen. Dave Durenberger, is on the ballot as an independent. While no one is suggesting Minnesota is about to elect another independent governor (remember Jesse Ventura?), Horner has the potential to play a spoiler in the race. -Ken Rudin

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