Election 2018: US Senate (Smith seat)

This is a special election. As you probably recall, Al Franken resigned and Tina Smith was appointed to fill his seat. The person who wins in November will serve out the remainder of the term and then run again in 2020.

On the ballot:

Tina Smith (DFL)
Karin Housley (Republican)
Jerry Trooien (Unaffiliated)
Sarah Wellington (Legal Marijuana Now)

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Election 2018: US Senate (Klobuchar seat)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the fall election cycle. Once again, I will try to cover the statewide races plus most of the ballot for St. Paul and Minneapolis, but if there’s a particular race you’re hoping I’ll cover, feel free to leave me a comment or send an e-mail. (I will definitely be writing about the AG race.)

I’m starting with this one because it’s a pretty easy one. This is the Senate race that is NOT a special election. This seat is currently held by Senator Amy Klobuchar, and whoever wins this election will serve a full six-year term.

On the ballot:

Jim Newberger (Republican)
Dennis Schuller (Legal Cannabis Now)
Paula Overby (Green)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)

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Elections 2018: US Senator (partial term)

We have two Senate races this year. Amy Klobuchar is running for a regular six-year term. Tina Smith is running to finish out Al Franken’s term. This is the Tina race. Not surprisingly, it’s more hotly contested.

Whoever wins this election will serve for two years, instead of six, and will run for re-election (or, I guess, decide they’re sick of the job) in 2020.

Running in the DFL primary for this Senate seat:

Nick Leonard
Ali Chehem Ali
Richard Painter
Tina Smith

Greg Iverson
Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.

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Elections 2018: US Senator (regular term)

We have two Senate races this year. Amy Klobuchar is running for a regular six-year term. Tina Smith is running to finish out Al Franken’s term. This is the Amy race, rather than the Tina race.

Running in the DFL primary for this Senate seat:

Steve Carlson
Stephen A. Emery
David Robert Groves
Leonard J. Richards
Amy Klobuchar

The quick, easy tl;dr answer here is to vote for Amy Klobuchar, but that’s not what you people come here for, so read on to find out, among other things, who Leonard J. Richards is.

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