A whirlwind day of filing for elected office in Minnesota

"We're going to have a very different dynamic heading into August."

Susie Jones
June 05, 2018 - 3:48 pm

It felt a little like playing musical chairs as dozens of candidates filed the paperwork needed to run in the August primary in Minnesota.

"We're going to have a very different dynamic heading into August 14," said University of Minnesota Political Science professor Larry Jacobs.

The morning started with former Attorney General Mike Hatch jumping into the race for his former job.  Shortly after, DFL endorsed candidate State Rep Erin Murphy paid the fee to run for office.  Then it was former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty arriving to file. Current Attorney General Lori Swanson is now running for governor.  So with Swanson out,  several candidates jumped in, including Congressman Keith Ellison. "There you are going to see Democrats clawing at each other using up a lot of money and a lot of time on beating each other up," Jacobs said."Republicans meanwhile will be saving up money and resting up for the November election."

Jacobs said the governor's race on the DFL side will be divisive." You've got the progressive wing that is feeling empowered, the resistance movement against Donald Trump versus the more moderate wing of the Democratic party of Minnesota that is worried about keeping the governor's office,"he said.

On the GOP side, there's tension as well, with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty skipping the endorsement convention in Duluth to run in the primary against endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson."The question is going to be is there enough animosity toward Tim Pawlenty among Republicans that it's going to prevent much of a challenge and will enable the Republicans candidate, Jeff Johnson to prevail or even make it a close fight."

Republican leaders stood outside the State Office Building declaring that they will hold onto control of the House, and take the Governor's office.  "This dumpster fire in the DFL has been interesting to watch," said House Speaker Kurt Daudt.  With so many candidates leaving the legislature to run for other offices, it does leave open the chance for a change of power in the House.