State Sen. Dave Thompson is considering a run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012, Politico reports. The Lakeville Republicans is a former radio talk show host and the only freshman senator to land a leadership post in the GOP caucus.
Democratic Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is getting on the air before November, when she will face Republican attorney Chris Barden in the polls.
by Paul Demko and Steve Perry
Published: August 11, 2010
Tags: Al Franken, Barb Goodwin, Carol Lewis, Chris Barden, Duane Quam, Jeremiah Ellis, Kerry Stoick, King Banaian, LeRoy Stumpf, Lori Swanson, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Matt Entenza, Paul Gazelka, Paul Koering, R.T. Rybak, Rena Moran, Rob Hahn, Roger Crawford, Rudy Takala, Satveer Chaudhary, Tom Emmer, Tom Horner, Zachary Dorholt
Mark Dayton rode a dominating performance in greater Minnesota to a narrow victory in Tuesday's DFL gubernatorial primary, edging party endorsee Margaret Anderson Kelliher by just over 6,500 votes out of over 440,000 cast. One-time House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, who spent over $5 million on his primary campaign, garnered just over 80,000 votes.
Breaking with the election night tradition that compels candidates to remain cloistered until glory or defeat is confirmed, Independence Party gubernatorial hopeful Tom Horner strolled into his campaign headquarters at precisely 7:55 last night and began to press the flesh.
For the past 40 years, irrespective of larger political currents, the Minnesota DFL has owned the office of state attorney general. Beginning in the middle of the first Nixon administration, the post has been occupied by an uninterrupted quartet of Democrats: Warren Spannaus (1971-82), Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III (1983-98), Mike Hatch (1999-2006), and Hatch protégé Lori Swanson (2007-present).
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: July 28, 2010
Tags: 2010 constitutional officer races, Chris Barden, Dan Severson, Lori Swanson, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Attorney General, Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota state auditor, Pat Anderson, Rebecca Otto
Out of the three DFL constitutional officers in Minnesota, it was Attorney General Lori Swanson who raised the most money in her re-election bid, taking in $141,000 with $203,000 in the bank.
GOP attorney general candidate R. Christopher Barden is regarded as a complete unknown by many at the GOP convention, and this bit of news may not help: According to Hennepin County property tax records, the Edina home of the Republican endorsee for AG is not homesteaded.
DFL Chair Melendez criticized the candidates endorsed tonight at the GOP state convention to run for secretary of state and attorney general. Both offices are currently held by DFLers.
One of the few things that organizers and delegates to this weekend’s state Republican convention can agree on: The gubernatorial endorsement battle between Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert won’t drag out as long as the 2002 fight between Tim Pawlenty and Brian Sullivan.