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Campaign Trail Heating Up with Less than 100 Days until Election Day

Updated: 07/28/2014 1:00 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 11:17 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

There’s less than 100 days until Minnesotans cast their votes for the 2014 General Election on Nov. 4.

Voters may not be paying attention to the candidates, but the candidates are sure focused on them.

Before the general election, the candidate pool will be thinned by the primaries in August. The two big races include the Republican nominations for governor and U.S. Senate.

In the race to unseat U.S. Sen. Al Franken, State Rep. Jim Abler of Anoka is challenging businessman and endorsed candidate Mike McFadden.

Ads, like McFadden’s spot where he gets hit in the groin by a football, are popping up on TVs and stirring conversation.

Other candidates, like Franken, have taken to social media to recruit a following.

"Do you have plans this weekend? Cancel them, because we need you. Here’s why: … #100DaysMN," Franken tweeted last Wednesday.

The DFL had planned 16 events over the weekend to get out the vote.

In the governor's race, Republicans are looking to decide who will challenge current Gov. Mark Dayton.

Endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson faces challenges from former State Rep. Kurt Zellers and former State Minority Leader Marty Seifert, along with businessman Scott Honour.

Zellers has already come out with a new ad.

"I've never raised taxes, and I'll never do it as your governor either," the slogan said.

Another race across the state includes the position of state auditor. Former House Speaker Matt Entenza is challenging incumbent Rebecca Otto for the DLF endorsement.

All state house seats are in play, but the DLF race in District 60B in Minneapolis may be the most contentious.

Newcomer Mohammed Noor is challenging 21-term Rep. Phyllis Kahn. The race has already seen publicity, as Hennepin County officials looked into allegations of voter registration fraud linked to a P.O. box in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

Officials found no evidence of fraud, but ruled the address invalid.

Those hoping to see an ad season that stays positive may not get their wish. With talk of increasing premiums leading up to the election, expect more challenges to Obamacare and to those who support it.

Around 20 percent of Minnesotans are expected to vote absentee, which means the first ballots will be cast in just eight weeks.

For information on the elections from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, look here.


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