With 15 primary races for House seats on the docket on Tuesday, nowhere were tensions running higher than in the Minneapolis race pitting veteran DFL lawmaker Phyllis Kahn against Minneapolis school board member Mohamud Noor.
Right up until polls closed at 8 p.m., Noor supporters stationed themselves along street corners, waving signs, urging residents to vote.
The widely watched campaign has been marred by allegations of violence, voter fraud and racism and is the first to deploy sergeants-at-arms at local polling places in an effort to dissuade from voter intimidation and keep order. Whoever comes through will face either Abdimalik Askar or Abdulkarim Mohamed Godah, who were vying for the GOP nomination in that district.
Republicans were going through their own legislative nail-biter on Tuesday.
Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie was waiting to see if she would survive to vie for a fourth term, following a challenge from party activist Sheila Kihne, a former Loon backer who decided to take her on after the deputy minority leader voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year.
Of the 15 legislative primaries, nine featured Republicans challenging their party’s endorsed candidates, while six have DFLers pitted against one another. Republicans, in particular, have paid scant attention to party endorsement this time out, with few candidates dropping out just because they failed to get their party’s seal of approval.
A new Gallup poll shows nearly 6 in 10 Americans would like to see a third major party in American politics. What people don't appear to want, though, is the actual third-party candidates who are running in 2016.
Conservative radio host Jason Lewis captured the Republican nomination for a prized U.S. House seat, crystallizing the race for the southeastern Minnesota swing district that both parties feel they can win in November.