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2018 United States Senate special election in Minnesota

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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 announced his resignation, 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.

2018 United States Senate special election in Minnesota

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  Tina Smith official photo (cropped).jpg Karin Housley 2018.jpg
Nominee Tina Smith Karin Housley
Party DFL Republican
Popular vote 1,370,524 1,095,772
Percentage 53.0% 42.4%

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County Results

Smith:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Housley:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Tina Smith
DFL

Elected U.S. Senator

Tina Smith
DFL

The candidate filing deadline was June 5, 2018, and the primary election was held on August 14, 2018.[1] Democrat Tina Smith defeated Republican Karin Housley in the general election to finish the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in January 2021.

Contents

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

NominatedEdit

Eliminated in primaryEdit

DeclinedEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Richard Painter
Local and statewide politicians
Individuals
Organizations

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tina Smith (incumbent) 433,705 76.06%
DFL Richard Painter 78,193 13.71%
DFL Ali Chehem Ali 18,897 3.31%
DFL Gregg Iverson 17,825 3.13%
DFL Nick Leonard 16,529 2.90%
DFL Christopher L. Seymore Sr. 5,041 0.88%
Total votes 570,190 100%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

NominatedEdit

Eliminated in primaryEdit

  • Bob Anderson, businessman[14]
  • Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey[3]

DeclinedEdit

EndorsementsEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Results by county:
Republican Party of Minnesota primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karin Housley 186,384 61.95%
Republican Bob Anderson 107,102 35.60%
Republican Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey 7,355 2.45%
Total votes 300,861 100%

Minor parties and independentsEdit

CandidatesEdit

General electionEdit

PredictionsEdit

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[27] Lean D September 28, 2018
Inside Elections[28] Likely D April 9, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[29] Likely D April 5, 2018
Fox News[30] Likely D^ July 9, 2018
CNN[31] Likely D July 12, 2018
RealClearPolitics[32] Lean D August 13, 2018

^Highest rating given

EndorsementsEdit

Karin Housley (R)
U.S. Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State Legislators
Individuals
Organizations
Newspapers
Tina Smith (D)
Former U.S. Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide and local politicians
Individuals
Labor unions
Organizations
Newspapers and news websites

FundraisingEdit

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[95]

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Tina
Smith (D)
Karin
Housley (R)
Sarah
Wellington (LMN)
Other Undecided
Change Research November 2–4, 2018 953 51% 42% 3% 2%[96]
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%[97] 10%
Change Research October 12–13, 2018 1,413 46% 43% 5% 2%[96] 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%[96] 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%[98] 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%

ResultsEdit

United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018[99]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Tina Smith (incumbent) 1,370,524 52.97% -0.18%
Republican Karin Housley 1,095,772 42.35% -0.56%
LMN Sarah Wellington 95,603 3.70% N/A
Independent Jerry Trooien 24,325 0.94% N/A
n/a Write-ins 1,103 0.04% 0.00%
Total votes 2,587,327 100.0% N/A
DFL hold

Voter demographicsEdit

Edison Research exit poll
Demographic subgroup Smith Housley No
Answer
% of
Voters
Gender
Men 49 49 2 46
Women 61 37 2 54
Age
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
White 53 45 2 89
Black 85 12 3 5
Latino N/A N/A N/A 3
Asian N/A N/A N/A 2
Other N/A N/A N/A 2
Race by gender
White men 46 52 2 41
White women 59 40 1 48
Black men N/A N/A N/A 3
Black women N/A N/A N/A 2
Latino men N/A N/A N/A 1
Latino women N/A N/A N/A 1
Others N/A N/A N/A 4
Education
High school or less 56 43 1 17
Some college education 48 48 4 24
Associate degree 47 51 2 17
Bachelor's degree 59 40 1 26
Advanced degree 69 29 2 16
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
Non-whites 75 21 4 11
Income
Under $30,000 63 33 4 14
$30,000–49,999 54 43 3 20
$50,000–99,999 49 48 3 36
$100,000–199,999 54 43 3 23
Over $200,000 N/A N/A N/A 7
Party ID
Democrats 96 4 N/A 39
Republicans 9 90 1 32
Independents 53 43 4 29
Party by gender
Democratic men 96 4 N/A 14
Democratic women 95 4 1 25
Republican men 7 91 2 15
Republican women 10 89 1 17
Independent men 47 49 4 16
Independent women 60 36 4 13
Ideology
Liberals 93 4 3 27
Moderates 67 31 2 39
Conservatives 11 87 2 33
Marital status
Married 50 48 2 67
Unmarried 65 33 2 33
Gender by marital status
Married men 47 52 1 31
Married women 52 45 3 36
Unmarried men 55 40 5 15
Unmarried women 74 26 N/A 17
First-time midterm election voter
Yes 53 46 1 12
No 58 40 2 88
Most important issue facing the country
Health care 75 23 2 49
Immigration 23 75 2 22
Economy 32 65 3 19
Gun policy N/A N/A N/A 8
Area type
Urban 66 31 3 40
Suburban 52 45 3 32
Rural 42 56 2 28
Source: CNN[100]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  75. ^ 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.
  76. ^ 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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  97. ^ Jerry Trooien (I) with 1%
  98. ^ Jerry Trooien (I) with 0%
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