2022 Primary Results

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Introduction

With the conclusion of the August 9 primary, the DFL and Republican ballots are set for the November 8 general election.  Every constitutional officer and all 134 seats in legislature will be on the ballot along with the eight congressional seats.

Constitutional Officers

The primary results for the constitutional officers are in the chart below.  The only primary was seriously contended was the Republican attorney general race where endorsed candidate Jim Schultz was challenged by Doug Wardlow, the 2018 GOP endorsed candidate.  The endorsement proved enough for Schultz to edge Wardlow in the primary by a 52%-34% margin.

Italics denote candidates endorsed at Party Conventions

   Race    DFL      Republican  
Govenor/Lt. Govenor      Tim Walz/Peggy Flanagan     
Other
96%
5%
Scott Jensen/Matt Birk   
Other
89%
5%
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Other
72%
5%
Kim Crockett
All Other
63%
0%
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Other
89%
5%
Jim Schultz
Doug Wardlow
Other
52%
34%
0%
State Auditor Julie Blaha*   Ryan Wilson*  

*Both Blaha and Wilson were not on the primary ballot as nobody else filed to challenge them.

Congress

Incumbent U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (2nd District-DFL), Dean Phillips (3rd District-DFL), Tom Emmer (6th District-Republican), Michelle Fischbach (7th District-Republican) and Pete Stauber (8th District-Republican) all will be on the general election ballot in November.

Key Congressional Races
U.S. Representative Betty McCollum was challenged by political newcomer Amane Badhasso but beat Badhasso handily 83% to 15%.

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar beat back a well-funded challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilmember Don Samuels by a 50%-48% margin in a race that was much closer than many anticipated.

The 1st Congressional District held a special general election to fill the remaining five months of the term of the late U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn who died in office.  This special election occurred in the pre-2022 boundaries of the 1st Congressional District. At the same time, within the new 2022 redistricted boundaries, a primary election was held to see who would appear on the general election ballot on November 8thRepublican Brad Finstad defeated DFLer Jeff Ettinger by a 51% – 47% margin to fill the remainder of Hagedorn’s term. While in the primary election within the new district boundaries, Finstad defeated Jeremy Munson 76% – 24% and Ettinger easily won his uncontested primary.

State House and Senate

A new redistricting map along with challenges from the left in the DFL party and right in the GOP party meant there were many contentious primaries. Well-known incumbents in both parties faced serious challenges. The results from the key primaries are in the chart below.

Senate
The Senate GOP was seen as especially vulnerable given the number of well-organized primary challengers to incumbent Republicans.  In the end, the GOP Senate incumbents had a successful night, winning all but one race in an open seat.

On the Democratic side, the race to watch was in Senate District 56 (Rosemount, Apple Valley), where Erin Maye-Quade handily beat the DFL-endorsed candidate, Justin Emmerich.  Maye-Quade was previously the DFL-endorsed Lt. Governor candidate in 2018, but lost in the gubernatorial primary. Longtime incumbent Sandy Pappas also handily won the primary as well, turning away two challengers.

House
There were a number of GOP challengers to sitting legislator in various House seats, but all the incumbent Republicans prevailed. On the DFL side, challenger Liz Lee defeated John Thompson, who had been the subject of much controversy during his first term in the House.  Two races in the suburbs featured sitting legislators who were re-districted into the same district.  Steve Elkins defeated Andrew Carlson in Bloomington and Liz Reyer defeated Sandy Masin in Eagan.

*denotes Party endorsed candidate
(i) denotes incumbent

Key Senate Republican Primaries

SDI  
Mark Johnson (i)* 86%
David Hughes 14%
SD3  
Andrea Zupancich 69%
Kelsey Johnson 31%
SD5  
Bret Bussman* 32%
Paul Utke (i) 57%
Dale Anderson 10%
SD9  
Jordan Rasmusson* 52%
Nathan Miller 48%
SD10  
Nathan Wesenberg 37%
Jim Newberger 31%
Steve Wenzel 33%
SD13  
Jeff Howe (i)* 86%
Ashely Berg 14%
SD15  
Gary Dahms (i)* 92%
Larvita McFarquhar 8%
SD21  
Brad Hutchison 23%
Bill Weber (i)* 77%
SD23  
Gene Dornink(i)* 71%
Lisa Hanson 29%
SD41  
Gene Dornink(i)* 71%
Lisa Hanson 29%
SD41  
Tom Dippel* 61%
Tony Jurgens 39%
SD54  
Natalie Barns* 46%
Eric Pratt (i) 54%


Key Senate DFL Primaries

SD38  
Huldah Hiltsley 38%
Susan Pha 62%
SD44  
Tou Xiong* 48%
Nancy Livingston 27%
Leslie Lienemann 26%
SD48  
Dan Kessler* 90%
Bala Chintaginjala 10%
SD56  
Justin Emmerich* 35%
Erin Maye Quade 65%
Shaun Laden  
SD63  
Zaynab Mohamed* 68%
Todd C. Scott 32%
SD65  
Sandy Pappas (i)* 66%
Sheigh Freeberg 23%
Zuki Ellis 12%


Key House Republican Primaries

HD6B  
Josh Heintzeman (i)* 80%
Doug Kern 20%
HD10A  
Chuck Parins 26%
Ron Kresha (i)* 74%
HD10B  
Blake Paulson 33%
John Ulrick 9%
Isaac Schultz 58%
HD20A  
Pam Altendorf 52%
Jesse Johnson* 48%
HD26B  
Greg Davids (i)* 76%
Laura H. Thorson 24%
HD33B  
Mark Bishofsky* 60%
Tina Riehle 40%
HD54A  
Erik Mortensen (i)* 55%
Bob Loonan 45%


Key House DFL Primaries

HD50B  
Andrew Carlson (i) 39%
Steve Elkins (i) 61%
HD52A  
Liz Reyer (i)* 61%
Sandra Masin (i) 39%
HD62A  
Aisha Gomez (i)* 69%
Osman Ahmed 31%
HD67A  
John Thompson (i) 11%
Liz Lee* 89%

It is somewhat difficult to paint a sweeping narrative to describe the results of the primary. The Action for Liberty organization that had a number of candidates run to the right of sitting Senate Republicans had a few wins, but overall lost more than they won. Similarly, it is hard to draw broad conclusions from the results that a major push occurred related to an issue, like inflation, crime, or recent Supreme Court rulings.

What is clear is the general election campaign begins today.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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