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Minnesota, U.S. Senate

Voters in Minnesota elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 6, 2018.

The election filled the Class 1 Senate seat held by Amy Klobuchar (D). She was first elected in 2006.


Campaign finance

The chart below contains data from financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Name Party Receipts* Disbursements** Cash on hand Date
Amy Klobuchar Democratic Party $8,132,759 $6,941,152 $3,935,477 As of December 31, 2018
Jim Newberger Republican Party $258,769 $258,689 $79 As of December 31, 2018
Paula Overby Green Party $1,999 $565 $1,483 As of June 30, 2018
Dennis Schuller Legal Marijuana Now Party $0 $0 $0 Data not available

Source: Federal Elections Commission, "Campaign finance data," 2018.

* According to the FEC, "Receipts are anything of value (money, goods, services or property) received by a political committee."
** According to the FEC, a disbursement "is a purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything of value to influence a federal election," plus other kinds of payments not made to influence a federal election.


Election history

2014

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAl Franken Incumbent 53.2% 1,053,205
Republican Mike McFadden 42.9% 850,227
Libertarian Heather Johnson 1.5% 29,685
Independence Steve Carlson 2.4% 47,530
N/A Write-in 0% 881
Total Votes 1,981,528
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State

2012

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar Incumbent 65.2% 1,854,595
Republican Kurt Bills 30.5% 867,974
Independence Stephen Williams 2.6% 73,539
Grassroots Tim Davis 1.1% 30,531
Progressive Michael Cavlan 0.5% 13,986
Total Votes 2,843,207
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Demographics

Demographic data for Minnesota

MinnesotaU.S.
Total population:5,482,435316,515,021
Land area (sq mi):79,6273,531,905
Gender
Female:50.3%50.8%
Race and ethnicity**
White:84.8%73.6%
Black/African American:5.5%12.6%
Asian:4.4%5.1%
Native American:1%0.8%
Pacific Islander:0%0.2%
Two or more:2.7%3%
Hispanic/Latino:5%17.1%
Education
High school graduation rate:92.4%86.7%
College graduation rate:33.7%29.8%
Income
Median household income:$61,492$53,889
Persons below poverty level:12.2%11.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "American Community Survey" (5-year estimates 2010-2015)
for more information on the 2020 census and here for more on its impact on the redistricting process in Minnesota.

As of July 2016, Minnesota's three largest cities were Minneapolis (pop. est. 422,000), St. Paul (pop. est. 307,000), and Rochester (pop. est. 116,000).