Today (Tuesday, August 12) is primary election day in Minnesota.
In Minnesota partisan primary elections, voters do not need to publicly declare affiliation with a party — they are free to vote for any one political party on the ballot. Voting for candidates from more than one party voids all votes in the party portion of the ballot.
The front of the ballot will have a column for each major political party and their candidates. The backside will include nonpartisan races for local and judicial candidates that are not affiliated with political parties. For these races, voters can choose any candidate — and in some cases multiple candidates — in as many races as they prefer. Primary ballots do not allow for write-in votes.
Months of campaigning are about to end for all but one of the top Republicans seeking to take Gov. Mark Dayton’s job.
Tuesday’s primary had no runaway favorite, and with light turnout expected, the four major candidates were bracing for a close race. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson had the party’s endorsement against businessman Scott Honour and veteran lawmakers Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers.
While he’s waited for a challenger, Dayton has spent the summer promoting the state’s economic turnaround. But Republicans see him as vulnerable for supporting a problematic state health insurance marketplace.
They’ve also attacked his union connections and tried to tie him to a new office building for senators that they’ve portrayed as lavish.
It’s the GOP’s first competitive primary for governor in two decades.
Locally, three candidates are running in today’s primary for McLeod County Commissioner District 5; Joe Nagel, Bill Hard, and Jon Christensen. Three candidates are also on the primary ballot for Hutchinson Mayor, Paul Ackland, Gary Forcier, and Steve Cook.