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Independence Party of Minnesota holds balance of power in close race for Governor

According to the New York Times election results board, with 100% of precincts reporting, only 0.5% separates the Democratic and Republican candidates. Additional votes which may be counted, such as provisional ballots, make this race too close to call.

Tom Horner of the Independence Party got 11.9% in this race, with several other candidates in the race:

Chris Wright Grassroots Party 7,513 0.4%
Farheen Hakeem Green Party 6,188 0.3%
Ken Pentel Ecology Democracy Party 6,178 0.3%
Linda Eno Resource Party 4,092 0.2%

In the other three gubernatorial races which the NY Times considers too close to call at this time:

Illinois, 99% reporting – 0.5% separate the Democrat and Republican

Scott Lee Cohen Independent 134,219 3.6%
Rich Whitney Green Party 99,625 2.7%
Lex Green Libertarian Party 34,293 0.9%

In Connecitcut, again 0.5% separate the Democratic and Republican candidates.… Read more ...

Beyond Independence: The fourth, fifth or sixth parties in Minnesota’s 2010 election

Mary Turck in the Twin Cities Daily Planet (H/T Michael Cavlan):

Farheen Hakeem and Dan Dittman are listed on the ballot as Green Party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, though they are not listed on the Green Party of Minnesota web page and did not win endorsement in the Green Party’s May convention.… Read more ...

SUSA: Tom Horner At 18%, Other At 5% In MN Gubernatorial Race

The latest polling from SurveyUSA shows a tightening race for Governor of Minnesota. From the pollster:

Today, Dayton gets 38%, Emmer 36%; Dayton’s nominal 2-point advantage may or may not be statistically significant. But: Independence Party candidate Tom Horner today gets 18% of the vote, stronger yet among older, more reliable voters, complicating the calculus either major-party campaign needs to capture the open seat.

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Ralph Nader Endorses Ken Pentel for MN Governor

Paul Demko reports at the Politics in Minnesota blog,

Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and frequent presidential candidate, is supporting Ken Pentel in the governor’s race. Pentel is running on the Ecology Democracy ticket, a fledgling political party that he created.

Pentel has made two previous runs for the state’s top office under the Green Party banner.

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MN Guv: Profile of Minor Party Contenders

Minnesota Politics provides a good profile of the less well-known contenders in the Minnesota gubernatorial race.

Gubernatorial candidate Linda Eno is running under the Resource Party , which focuses on the issues of sexual orientation and tribal nations.

Former Green Party activist Ken Pentel is running under the Ecology Democracy Party , which he created while riding his bike some 6,000 miles across the state.

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Resource Party Runs Candidates For the First Time, Grassroots Party Makes a Comeback

Richard Winger reports at Ballot Access News on the founding of a new party, the Resource Party of Minnesota, which is running candidate in 2010. He also cites the resurrection of an older party, the Grassroots Party of Minnesota.

The Resource Party appears to have placed its nominees on the Minnesota ballot for the joint ticket of Governor-Lieutenant Governor, and also Attorney General.

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Ken Pentel Runs for Governor of Minnesota Again Under New Party

Ken Pentel, the former gubernatorial candidate of the Green Party of Minnesota in 1998, 2002, and 2006, is running for Governor again–but under a different label this time:

The bike-riding former Green Party leader is doing it again – this time with the brand-new “Ecology Democracy Party.” He said the Green Party has a “great platform and beautiful people in it,” but wasn’t focused enough.

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3rd Party activists meet in Minneapolis

Report sent to contact.ipr@gmail.com by Michael Calvan RN. No changes have been made to the text.

Last week there was a meeting of Third Party activists in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and strategize on building an effective electoral resistance to the current pro-war, corporate corrupted two party system.

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