Torey Van Oot
2 hours ago - Politics

Minnesota congressional candidate Paula Overby dies weeks before election

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Paula Overby speaks at an August forum at FarmFest. Screenshot via the American Farm Bureau on Vimeo

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.

Torey Van Oot
8 hours ago - Politics

Trail mix: Ramsey County can fix ballots that mistakenly included dead candidate

Illustration of trail mix with elephant and donkey pretzels
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Early voters in a St. Paul House district will no longer see a dead former candidate appear on their ballot.

Driving the news: The state Supreme Court on Monday approved Ramsey County's request to reprint ballots after election officials discovered they had mistakenly ordered the wrong version.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 29, 2022 - Politics

Filings show Democratic candidates have edge in Minnesota campaign cash wars

Data: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios

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.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 29, 2022 - Politics

"Clerical error" leaves dead candidate on St. Paul House ballot

Illustration of error pop-up in the ballot box slot
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

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.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 28, 2022 - Politics

Trail mix: Minnesota Democrats dominate the airwaves

Data: Wesleyan Media Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

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.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 23, 2022 - News

Here's what you need to know about early voting in Minnesota

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Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 20, 2022 - Politics

Doctors ramp up presence in Minnesota governor's race

Illustration of trail mix with elephant and donkey pretzels
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

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.

Torey Van Oot
Sep 19, 2022 - News

Minnesota AG rivals clash over size and scope of criminal division

jim schultz and keith ellison
Jim Schultz and Keith Ellison. Photos: The Schultz Campaign/Minnesota Attorney General's Office

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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