Election Results: Walz Defeats Johnson in Governor's Race

November 06, 2018 11:10 PM

Update: 10:15 p.m.

Democratic-Famer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin issued a statement Tuesday night after Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan won the election for Minnesota governor and lieutenant governor: 

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"I am deeply proud to offer my congratulations to Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan.

For more than a year, Tim Walz has talked to Minnesotans about his vision for One Minnesota, and tonight that vision became a reality. Tim will lead the state with the same valor, spirit and sense of optimism that's been the hallmark of a lifetime of service to our country, our children and our state.

With Peggy Flanagan by his side as our next Lieutenant Governor, the deep commitment to inclusion, equity and opportunity that has been central to the Walz/Flanagan campaign will be the foundation of the Walz/Flanagan administration. We're especially proud that Peggy will be the highest-ranking Native woman in the nation.

Together, voters across our state showed that love is stronger than hate, faith is stronger than fear and that One Minnesota is a place we can all be proud to call home."


Update: 9:50 p.m.

Rep. Tim Walz has won Minnesota's open race for governor, keeping Democrats' hold on the state's top office.

Walz defeated second-time Republican candidate Jeff Johnson. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton chose not to run for a third term.

Walz was ahead in public polling throughout the race, but his victory was still unusual. It marks the first time one of Minnesota's political parties has held on to the office for three or more terms since the 1950s.


Update: 9:20 p.m.

As of 9:02 p.m., Tim Walz is leading the race with 641,808 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Jeff Johnson is trailing with 400,403 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 49 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 9:02 p.m.

As of 9:02 p.m., Tim Walz is leading the race with 528,594 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Jeff Johnson is trailing with 310,445 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 37 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 8:40 p.m.

As of 8:40 p.m., Tim Walz is leading the race with 388,436 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Jeff Johnson is trailing with 185,347 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 25 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 8:20 p.m.

As of 8:20 p.m., Tim Walz is leading the race with 6,820 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Jeff Johnson is trailing with 4,971 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 11 precincts have reported results.  


Voters went to the polls Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine Minnesota's next governor. 

Democrat Tim Walz was facing Republican Jeff Johnson. Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton is not seeking reelection.

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Walz is currently the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. He first won election to his rural district along Minnesota's southern border in 2006.

Walz chose State Rep. Peggy Flanagan as his running mate.

Jeff Johnson is currently serving as a Hennepin County commissioner. Johnson lost to Dayton by roughly 5 percentage points in 2014.

Johnson - who beat former governor Tim Pawlenty in this year's Republican primary - won a seat on the Hennepin County board in 2008 after serving three terms in the State House. He selected Donna Bergstrom as his running mate. 

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