Paula Overby, a third-party candidate running in one of the Minnesota's most competitive congressional races, has died with less than five weeks to go until Election Day.
What happened: Overby, the Legal Marijuana Now Party's nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, died Wednesday morning following complications related to a failing heart valve, her son confirmed to Axios. She was 68.
Early voters in a St. Paul House district will no longer see a dead former candidate appear on their ballot.
Most Democrats running for statewide office in Minnesota entered the final seven-week stretch with a big cash advantage.
Why it matters: Campaigns need cash to get their message to voters.
More than 1,000 Ramsey County voters have received ballots that erroneously list a dead state House candidate who is no longer in the running for the East St. Paul seat.
What happened: Beverly Peterson, the GOP's candidate for House District 67A, died in early August. Republicans were able to nominate Scott Hesselgrave to replace her and face Democrat Liz Lee in the November election.
Democrats have vastly outspent Republicans in the Minnesota gubernatorial race ad wars so far.
The big picture: More than eight in 10 TV ads tracked by the Wesleyan Media Project between Sept. 5 and Sept. 18 were meant to boost DFL Gov. Tim Walz over Republican Scott Jensen.
Early voting for the November midterm election begins in Minnesota today.
The big picture: Any eligible Minnesota voter can cast an absentee ballot early, either in person or via mail.
The political arm of the Minnesota Medical Association's recent endorsement of DFL Gov. Tim Walz over Republican Scott Jensen was just the latest example of doctors being called into the midterm campaigns.
Driving the news: MEDPAC's chair cited the governor's "science- and evidence-based actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic" and support for reproductive healthcare as factors in a letter on the endorsement released last week.
The Minnesota attorney general's tiny criminal division has become a big talking point in the competitive race over the seat.
What's happening: Republican attorney general candidate Jim Schultz has made his pledge to dramatically increase the size of the unit a centerpiece of his campaign's public safety plan.
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