United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2014

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United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2014
Minnesota
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Nominee Al Franken Mike McFadden
Party DFL Republican
Popular vote 1,053,205 850,227
Percentage 53.15% 42.91%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Al Franken
DFL

Elected U.S. Senator

Al Franken
DFL

The 2014 United States Senate election in Minnesota was held on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Minnesota, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Minnesota, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic–Farmer–Labor Senator Al Franken ran for re-election to a second term. Primary elections were held on August 12, 2014, in which Franken was renominated and the Republicans picked financial executive Mike McFadden. In the general election, Franken defeated him and Independence Party nominee Steve Carlson and Heather Johnson of the Libertarian Party with 53% of the vote.

Background

Franken challenged incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman in 2008. When the initial count was completed on November 18, Franken was trailing Coleman by 215 votes.[1][2] This close margin triggered a mandatory recount.[3][4] After reviewing ballots that had been challenged during the recount and counting 953 wrongly rejected absentee ballots, the State Canvassing Board officially certified the recount results with Franken holding a 225-vote lead.[5][6]

On January 6, 2009, Coleman's campaign filed an election contest and on April 13, a three-judge panel dismissed Coleman's Notice of Contest and ruled that Franken had won the election by 312 votes.[7] Coleman’s appeal of the panel's decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court was unanimously rejected on June 30,[8] and he conceded the election.[9] Franken was sworn in as Minnesota's junior senator on July 7, 2009.[10]

Because Franken's margin of victory was so slim, the seat was initially thought to be a top target for Republicans, but Politico reported in a May 2013 article that Franken's high approval rating, his large war chest, and the Republicans' struggle to find a top-tier candidate meant that Franken was the "heavy favorite" in the 2014 election.[11]

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Democratic primary election results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Al Franken (Incumbent) 182,720 94.5
DFL Sandra Henningsgard 10,627 5.5
Total votes 193,347 100

Republican primary

At the Republican State Convention on May 30–31, 2014, after ten ballots, Mike McFadden received the party's endorsement. Chris Dahlberg, Monti Moreno, Julianne Ortman and Phillip Parrish had all sought the endorsement but withdrew in favor of McFadden. Only Jim Abeler continued in the race and contested the August primary against McFadden.[15][16] David Carlson did not participate in the Convention after a dispute with party leadership over nominating petitions.[17] He, Patrick D. Munro and Ole Savior also appeared on the ballot.

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Abeler
David
Carlson
Chris
Dahlberg
David
Latvaaho
Mike
McFadden
Monti
Moreno
Julianne
Ortman
Phillip
Parrish
Harold
Shudlick
Other Unde-
cided
SurveyUSA June 5–9, 2014 404 ± 5% 16% 44% 19% 21%
Suffolk Apr. 24–28, 2014 800 ± ? 7.58% 1.01% 1.52% 0.51% 11.62% 0% 14.14% 0.51% 63.14%
TPC Fe. 28–Ma. 1, 2014 400 ±4.9% 8% 4% 8% 1% 16% 0% 1% 52%
PPP Oct. 27–29, 2013 305 ±5.7% 12% 10% 11% 2% 12% 53%

Results

Republican primary election results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike McFadden (endorsed) 129,601 71.74
Republican Jim Abeler 26,714 14.79
Republican David Carlson 16,449 9.1
Republican Patrick Munro 5,058 2.8
Republican Ole Savior 2,840 1.57
Total votes 180,662 100

Independence primary

The Independence Party of Minnesota state convention was held on May 17, 2014 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.[44] Businessman Kevin Terrell won the party's endorsement, but lost the primary to Steve Carlson. Carlson did not ask for an endorsement from the Independence Party and self-identifies with the Tea party.[45] For their part, the Independence Party has disowned Carlson, who has defended Todd Akin's controversial "legitimate rape" comments and said that George Zimmerman "provided a valuable service" by killing Trayvon Martin.[46]

Candidates

Declared

  • Jack Shepard, dentist, convicted felon, fugitive and perennial candidate[47]
  • Kevin Terrell, business consultant[48]

Withdrew

Results

Independence primary election results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Steve Carlson 2,148 33.90
Independence Kevin Terrell (endorsed) 1,376 21.72
Independence Jack Shepard 1,130 17.83
Independence Stephen Williams 862 13.60
Independence Tom Books 820 12.94
Total votes 6,336 100

Libertarian convention

The Libertarian Party of Minnesota state convention was held on April 26, 2014 in Maple Grove.[51]

Candidates

Nominee

  • Heather Johnson[52]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Al
Franken (DFL)
Mike
McFadden (R)
Steve
Carlson (IP)
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 27–30, 2014 596 ± 4.1% 51% 40% 4% 3%[53] 3%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 2,430 ± 3% 51% 41% 1% 7%
Mason-Dixon/Star Tribune October 20–22, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 48% 39% 3% 1% 9%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 14–16, 2014 597 ± 4.1% 53% 38% 3% 3%[54] 3%
Public Opinion Strategies October 5–7, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 46% 39% 15%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV September 30 – October 2, 2014 577 ± 4.2% 55% 37% 3% 2%[55] 3%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20 – October 1, 2014 2,562 ± 2% 49% 42% 0% 8%
Rasmussen Reports September 29–30, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 41% 3% 6%
Mason-Dixon/Star Tribune September 8–10, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 49% 36% 3% 1% 11%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18 – September 2, 2014 3,607 ± 2% 49% 41% 1% 9%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV August 19–21, 2014 600 ± 4.1% 51% 42% 2% 2% 3%
Rasmussen Reports August 13–14, 2014 750 ± 4% 50% 42% 2% 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 3,185 ± 2% 53% 40% 2% 4%
Gravis Marketing July 2–3, 2014 879 ± 3% 51% 35% 13%
Public Policy Polling June 12–15, 2014 633 ± 3.9% 49% 38% 13%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV June 5–9, 2014 1,017 ± 3.1% 48% 42% 5%[56] 5%
Suffolk University April 24–28, 2014 800 ± ? 44% 28.63% 7.01% 20.38%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV February 25–27, 2014 545 ± 4.3% 50% 40% 11%
Public Policy Polling October 27–29, 2013 895 ± 3.3% 49% 38% 13%
Public Policy Polling May 17–19, 2013 712 ± 3.7% 51% 36% 13%

Results

U.S. Senate election in Minnesota, 2014[58]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DFL Al Franken (Incumbent) 1,053,205 53.15% +11.16%
Republican Mike McFadden 850,227 42.91% +0.93%
Independence Steve Carlson 47,530 2.40% -12.75%
Libertarian Heather Johnson 29,685 1.50% +1.02%
Write-ins Others 881 0.04%
Majority 202,978 10.24%
Total votes 1,981,528
DFL hold Swing

See also

References

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  53. Heather Johnson (L) 2%, Other 1%
  54. Heather Johnson (L) 2%, Other 1%
  55. Heather Johnson (L) 1%, Other 1%
  56. Kevin Terrell (IP) 4%, Other 1%
  57. Kevin Terrell (IP) 6%, Other 2%
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External links

Official campaign websites