Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MN Primary day/night

If you're an "endorsement purist," Tuesday was a good day for you.

The endorsed Republican candidates who had primary challengers in U.S. House races (Jim Hagedorn in Congressional District 1, Jason Lewis in CD2, Greg Ryan in CD4, Rep. Tom Emmer in CD6 and Dave Hughes in CD7) all prevailed convincingly. Sadly, I only see Emmer winning in November.

A few other noteworthy results from MN legislative races:

- Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis), who was first elected the same year President Richard Nixon won reelection in  1972, lost a three-way primary to Ilhan Omar. Kahn was virtually tied with Mohamud Noor at 29.5%, whereas Omar emerged with 41%.

- The two House seats within Senate District 31 saw incumbent Republicans embroiled in primary races. Sitting Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, who currently serves in House District 31A, easily defeated Alan Duff 72%-28%. Duff's candidacy was backed by many Tea Party activists, which is somewhat surprising given Duff didn't even seek the endorsement in that HD. After all, many TP elements view the local party endorsement as sacrosanct. A great example of that would be in HD 31B, where Cal Bahr defeated longtime incumbent Tom Hackbarth for endorsement back in April. However, many of the same people backing Duff's candidacy were downright indignant over Hackbarth choosing to "defy activists" and go to a primary. In the end, Bahr prevailed by nearly 14 points on Tuesday.

- Dan "ISIS isn't necessarily evil" Kimmel will not be the sacrificial lamb DFL candidate in House District 56A, as he was soundly defeated in that district's Democrat primary. Go figure.

- Rashad Turner, who is leader of the St Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter, was routed by incumbent DFL rep Rena Moran in HD65A (79%-21%). Gotta wonder how many 65A constituents were disrupted due to BLM members shutting down a portion of I-94 running through St. Paul. It wouldn't shock me if a fair number of HD65A voters had that in mind when going to the polls.


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