2018 United States Senate special election in Minnesota
The 2018 United States Senate special election in Minnesota took place November 6, 2018, to elect a United States Senator from Minnesota to fill Senator Al Franken's term expiring on January 3, 2021. On December 7, 2017, Franken, facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, announced that he would resign effective January 2, 2018. His successor, Tina Smith, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on December 13, 2017, and ran in the special election. This election coincided with a regularly scheduled U.S. Senate election for the seat currently held by Amy Klobuchar, U.S. House elections, a gubernatorial election, State House elections, and other elections.
Smith: 40-50% 50–60% 60–70%Housley: 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
The candidate filing deadline was June 5, 2018, and the primary election was held on August 14, 2018. Democrat Tina Smith defeated Republican Karin Housley in the general election to finish the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in January 2021.
Eliminated in primaryEdit
- Ali Chehem
- Gregg A. Iverson, perennial candidate
- Nick Leonard, attorney and activist
- Richard Painter, University of Minnesota Law School professor and former White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush
- Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.
- Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative  (running for Minnesota Attorney General)
- Betty McCollum, U.S. Representative (running for reelection)
- Rick Nolan, U.S. Representative (running for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota)
- Collin Peterson, U.S. Representative (running for reelection)
- Patricia Torres Ray, state senator (running for MN-5)
- Tim Walz, U.S. Representative (running for Governor)
- Lori Swanson, Attorney General of Minnesota (running for governor)
- Jake Sullivan, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden
- Scott Dibble, state senator
- Melisa Franzen, state senator
|DFL||Tina Smith (incumbent)||433,705||76.06%|
|DFL||Ali Chehem Ali||18,897||3.31%|
|DFL||Christopher L. Seymore Sr.||5,041||0.88%|
Eliminated in primaryEdit
- Michele Bachmann, former U.S. Representative
- Christopher Chamberlin (running for MN-05)
- Norm Coleman, former U.S. Senator (endorsed Karin Housley)
- Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative (endorsed Karin Housley)
- Jenifer Loon, state representative (endorsed Karin Housley)
- Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota (ran for governor, lost)
- Julie Rosen, Minnesota state senator
- Sarah Anderson, Minnesota state representative
- Michelle Benson, state senator
- Kurt Daudt, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
- Paul Gazelka, Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate
- Amy Koch, former Minnesota state senator
- Pete Hegseth, veteran, Fox News Contributor and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012
- Jason Lewis, U.S. Representative
- Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow
- Stewart Mills III, businessman and nominee for MN-08 in 2014 and 2016
- Erik Paulsen, U.S. Representative
- Joyce Peppin, Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives
|Republican||Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey||7,355||2.45%|
Minor parties and independentsEdit
|The Cook Political Report||Lean D||September 28, 2018|
|Inside Elections||Likely D||April 9, 2018|
|Sabato's Crystal Ball||Likely D||April 5, 2018|
|Fox News||Likely D^||July 9, 2018|
|CNN||Likely D||July 12, 2018|
|RealClearPolitics||Lean D||August 13, 2018|
^Highest rating given
|Karin Housley (R)|
|Tina Smith (D)|
|Campaign finance reports as of October 17, 2018|
|Candidate (party)||Total receipts||Total disbursements||Cash on hand|
|Tina Smith (D)||$8,237,522||$7,308,790||$928,730|
|Karin Housley (R)||$4,049,032||$3,689,562||$359,470|
|Source: Federal Election Commission|
|Change Research||November 2–4, 2018||953||–||51%||42%||3%||2%||–|
|Research Co.||November 1–3, 2018||450||± 4.6%||49%||39%||–||2%||10%|
|SurveyUSA||October 29–31, 2018||600||± 5.3%||48%||40%||–||5%||7%|
|Mason-Dixon||October 15–17, 2018||800||± 3.5%||47%||41%||1%||1%||10%|
|Change Research||October 12–13, 2018||1,413||–||46%||43%||5%||2%||2%|
|Marist College||September 30 – October 4, 2018||637 LV||± 4.9%||54%||38%||–||<1%||7%|
|860 RV||± 4.2%||52%||39%||–||<1%||9%|
|Mason-Dixon||September 10–12, 2018||800||± 3.5%||44%||37%||2%||2%||15%|
|SurveyUSA||September 6–8, 2018||574||± 4.9%||48%||39%||–||2%||11%|
|Suffolk University||August 17–20, 2018||500||± 4.4%||44%||37%||2%||0%||18%|
|Emerson College||August 8–11, 2018||500||± 4.6%||32%||28%||–||–||41%|
|Marist College||July 15–19, 2018||876||± 4.0%||49%||35%||–||1%||15%|
|BK Strategies (R)||June 24–25, 2018||1,574||± 2.5%||48%||39%||–||–||13%|
|DFL||Tina Smith (incumbent)||1,370,540||52.97%||-0.18%|
|18–24 years old||70||28||2||6|
|25–29 years old||55||42||3||5|
|30–39 years old||60||38||2||12|
|40–49 years old||51||45||4||13|
|50–64 years old||53||45||2||29|
|65 and older||55||44||1||35|
|Race by gender|
|High school or less||56||43||1||17|
|Some college education||48||48||4||24|
|Education and race|
|White college graduates||62||37||1||38|
|White no college degree||46||52||2||51|
|Non-white college graduates||72||28||N/A||4|
|Non-white no college degree||77||18||5||7|
|Whites by education and gender|
|White women with college degrees||68||30||2||21|
|White women without college degrees||51||46||3||28|
|White men with college degrees||55||44||1||17|
|White men without college degrees||40||58||2||23|
|Party by gender|
|Gender by marital status|
|First-time midterm election voter|
|Most important issue facing the country|
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- Donald J. Trump. "Just made my second stop in Minnesota for a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN rally. We need to elect @KarinHousley to the U.S. Senate, and we need the strong leadership of @TomEmmer, @Jason2CD, @JimHagedornMN and @PeteStauber in the U.S. House!". Twitter.
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- Phil Housley. "My wife @KarinHousley will make a great US Senator!". Twitter.
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- Karin Housley. "I am so pleased to have the endorsement of @maggieslist1—joining so many other conservative women across the country running for office to fight for the communities we love. #mnsen". Twitter.
- Karin Housley. "Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis endorses Karin Housley". Facebook.
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- Barack Obama. "Today, I'm proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren't just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote:". Twitter.
- Tina Smith. "I'm absolutely honored to have the endorsement of Vice President @JoeBiden. I've been fighting for the progressive values of Minnesotans for decades and I'll keep being the champion of our shared values VP Biden fought so hard for". Twitter.
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- Hillary Clinton. ".@TinaSmithMN shares some qualities with her wonderful home state: hardworking, no-nonsense, huge heart. She's in a tight race to keep working for Minnesota families in a race that could decide control of the Senate. Pitch in if you can:". Twitter.
- "MN, PA & MT-Sen: Dick Durbin (D. IL) Helps These Democrats Fight Back Against Trump's Agenda". Daily Kos. May 31, 2018.
- "MN-Sen: Sen. Kamala Harris (D. CA) Gives Tina Smith (D) A Boost To Win Her Special Election". Daily Kos. June 25, 2018.
- "MN-Sen: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D. NH) Helps Tina Smith (D) Get Ready To Defeat Michelle Bachmann (R)". Daily Kos. January 18, 2018.
- Jones sent out an email to supporters soliciting donations to Smith.
- "MN-Sen: Amy Klobuchar (D) Helps Tina "The Velvet Hammer" Smith (D) Get Ready For Victory". Daily Kos. March 6, 2018.
- "MI & MN-Sen: Jeff Merkley (D. OR) Helps His Stabenow (D) & Smith (D) Keep Up The Resistance". Daily Kos. June 26, 2018.
- "MI, IN, WI, MN, OH & PA-Sen: Sen. Gary Peters (D. MI) Helps Senate Dems Win Big In The Midwest". Daily Kos. February 28, 2018.
- "MN-Sen: Sen. Brian Schatz (D. HI) Helps Fellow Progressive Tina Smith (D) Win Her Special Election". Daily Kos. March 11, 2018.
- "OH, WI, PA & MN-Sen: Warren (D. MA) Helps These Dems Continue To Stand Up To Wall Street". Daily Kos. March 9, 2018.
- Catherine Cortez Mastro. ".@TinaSmithMN has one of the toughest Senate races. I was on the ground recently with @amyklobuchar & @CecileRichards fighting for Tina". Twitter.
- Tina Smith. "So fun to run into my friend @tammybaldwin on the campaign trail today! We're fighting as hard as we can to stay in the Senate and make sure the people of Minnesota and Wisconsin have strong voices representing them in Washington". Twitter.
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- Peggy Flanagan. "I've always had fight & fury in me but I've got it like never before and I'm so thankful we have leaders like Tina in DC right now. I'm standing here running for Lt. Governor because of Tina Smith. Because of the path she cleared. I'm grateful for her friendship & her mentorship". Twitter.
- Tina Smith. "Folks have been knocking on doors every day, all day, to get people out to vote on (& before!) November 6. We can't take anything for granted - but we're feeling fired up. Thanks to @JeffMerkley @melvincarter3 @VoteBetty & @TristaMatas for greeting DFL volunteers this afternoon!". Twitter.
- Eric Garcetti. ""People are so sick and tired of the political games being played in DC. That's why I'm focused on listening and getting things done for Minnesotans!" — @TinaSmithMN. I'm rooting her on today (and for the next 16 days & beyond). #EGinMN". Twitter.
- Tina Smith. "In 11 days, @CecileRichards and I need everyone - and I mean everyone - to get to their polling place to vote. Vote for reproductive freedom. Vote for access to affordable high-quality health care. We are responsible for the outcome of this election. With your help, we will win". Twitter.
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Smith has indicated that she will also run in the November 2018 election to fill the remaining two years of the term, and the USW has promised to provide strong support to her campaign.
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- Jerry Trooien (I) with 2%
- Jerry Trooien (I) with 1%
- Jerry Trooien (I) with 0%
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