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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

MINNESOTA

Race Summary

Governor    (4045 of 4055 precincts reporting)
Humphrey III (D) 28%     Coleman (R) 35%     Ventura (I) * 37%    
House 01    (571 of 571 precincts reporting)
Beckman (D) 45%     Gutknecht (R) * 55%    
House 02    (801 of 803 precincts reporting)
Minge (D) * 58%     Duehring (R) 39%    
House 03    (228 of 229 precincts reporting)
Leino (D) 24%     Ramstad (R) * 72%    
House 04    (222 of 222 precincts reporting)
Vento (D) * 54%     Newinski (R) 40%    
House 05    (212 of 221 precincts reporting)
Sabo (D) * 67%     Taylor (R) 28%    
House 06    (251 of 251 precincts reporting)
Luther (D) * 51%     Kline (R) 47%    
House 07    (1023 of 1023 precincts reporting)
Peterson (D) * 72%     Edin (R) 28%    
House 08    (660 of 735 precincts reporting)
Oberstar (D) * 65%     Shuster (R) 27%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: (OPEN) Gov. Arne Carlson (R), first elected in 1990, is retiring. State Attorney General Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III (D) will face St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman (R) and former wrestler-turned-mayor Jesse Ventura (I).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

Majority open 8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. CT) to 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Paul Wellstone (DFL); first elected 1990; next election in 2002.
Sen. Rod Grams (R); first elected 1994; next election in 2000.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Southeast; Rochester; part of Mankato):
    Tracy L. Beckman (D); Gil Gutknecht (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (Southwest; Willmar):
    David Minge (inc.) (D); Craig Duehring (R);
  • CD3 (Western Twin Cities suburbs; Bloomington; Minnetonka):
    Stanley J. Leino (D); Jim Ramstad (inc.) (R);
  • CD4 (St. Paul, suburbs):
    Bruce F. Vento (inc.) (D); Dennis R. Newinski (R);
  • CD5 (Minneapolis, suburbs):
    Martin Olav Sabo (inc.) (D); Frank Taylor (R);
  • CD6 (Eastern, southern Twin Cities suburbs):
    William P. "Bill" Luther (inc.) (D); John Kline (R);
  • CD7 (Northwest; Moorhead; part of St. Cloud):
    Collin C. Peterson (inc.) (D); Aleta Edin (R)
  • CD8 (Northeast; Iron Range; Duluth):
    James L. Oberstar (inc.) (D); Jerry Shuster (R);


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    PRIMARY DATE

    September 15

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    July 21
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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 3


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 6 Democrats, 2 Republicans
    State Senate: 42 Democrats, 24 Republicans, 1 Independent
    State House of Representatives: 70 Democrats, 64 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: No elections this year; off-year elections
    House: All 134 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 3,422,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: 2,644,098 (9/98)


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    10


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Dukakis in 1988; Mondale in 1984; Carter in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Humphrey in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Kennedy in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 51%
    Dole 35%
    Perot 12%
    Other 2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 43.5%
    Bush 31.9%
    Perot 24%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Dukakis 53%
    Bush 46%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Mondale 49.7%
    Reagan 49.5%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Carter 47%
    Reagan 43%
    Anderson 9%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 4,658,000 (1996) (% of voting age population)

    White: 95.6%
    African American: 1.8%
    Asian: 1.3%
    Native American: 0.9%
    Other/Undeclared: 0.4%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 1% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: St. Paul
    State Nicknames: North Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes

    Minnesota holds the record among the states for consistently voting for the Democratic candidate in presidential elections. The last time it voted Republican was 1972. Minnesota Republicans renamed themselves "Independent Republicans" after Watergate while Minnesota Democrats call themselves the "Democrat Farmer Labor" party. Hubert Humphrey was instrumental in the formation of the DFL; his dazzling civil rights speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention put Democrats on the record on civil rights and helped him get elected to the Senate. Minnesota produced the nation's first anti-smoking bill, one of the first public campaign financing schemes and the nation's first statewide educational choice plan. It also authorized charter schools (1998 "Almanac of American Politics"). With GOP Gov. Arne Carlson retiring, Minnesotans were choosing in the Democratic primary among three famous sons of Democratic leaders of the 1950s and 1960s: Attorney General Skip Humphrey, son of Hubert Humphrey, who took the lead for the state in the tobacco battle; state Sen. Ted Mondale, son of 1984 presidential candidate Walter Mondale (Minnesota was the only state in the country that Mondale won in 1984); and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the son of former Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Minnesota Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.sos.state.mn.us/
    Minnesota Election Information
    http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections/elect.html
    Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson's Home Page
    http://www.governor.state.mn.us/
    Minnesota State Senate
    http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/
    Minnesota State House of Representatives
    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/

    News Media:


    CNN Affiliates:

    KMSP (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
    http://www.kmsp.com/

    State Newspapers:

    Duluth News-Tribune
    http://www.duluthnews.com
    Minneapolis Star Tribune
    http://www.startribune.com
    St. Paul Pioneer Press
    http://www.pioneerplanet.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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