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:
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.