U.S. Congressman Tim Walz is running for Minnesota governor.

Big group of candidates seeks to replace Walz in southern Minnesota

7 candidates compete in a key district for both parties.

Pawlenty laps GOP field with $1M in 3 weeks of fundraising

April 18
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty greeted supporters during his first public appearance after entering the race to seek a historic third term. He answered ques
Tim Pawlenty has the money and name recognition to skip an unpredictable GOP endorsement convention and head straight to the primary.
Campaign Finance: Governor

Walz leads money race in bid for governor, Pawlenty close behind

April 18
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
State + Local
April 18
Fundraising totals for first and second house district candidates after the first quarter of 2018.

Minnesota Congressional races, among nation's most competitive, already draw millions

No state is home to more toss-up Congressional races than Minnesota, and fundraising in the state's four most competitive districts is already off to a blistering start.
April 16
Jerry Trooien (file)

One-time bankrupt developer Jerry Trooien running for U.S. Senate

Jerry Trooien files as an independent to challenge Democrat Tina Smith.
April 16

DFL confronts scrambled race to defend Nolan seat in northeastern Minnesota

None won endorsement; most say they'll pursue individual primary bids.
April 15
Angie Craig, left, and Dean Phillips won DFL endorsements in their endorsing conventions Saturday for U.S. House races.

Angie Craig, Dean Phillips get DFL endorsements in U.S. House races

In the Eighth District, a candidate was not able to emerge from the pack vying for party nod for Rep. Rick Nolan's seat.
April 14
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, shown at an event in 2012.

Pawlenty's work for banks thrilled Wall Street, angered consumer advocates

In running again for governor, the Republican faces scrutiny of his tenure at Financial Services Roundtable, which fought aggressively against regulations.
April 14
The Republican Governors Association has reserved $2.3 million in airtime to help Tim Pawlenty's campaign.

As voters face barrage of TV ads, Minnesota candidates will struggle to break out

Get ready to be inundated with TV ads this autumn, thanks to the Minnesota races.
April 13
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, took even close supporters by surprise when he announced in February that he would not run again for Congress.

Crowded DFL field in northeastern Minnesota race to succeed Rep. Rick Nolan

Congressional seat held by Democrat Rick Nolan is a top target for Republicans.
April 12
Aisha Chughtai, field organizers for Erin Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign, belongs to a campaign workers union.

Campaign workers for two Minnesota DFL candidates join new national union

Contracts set standards for hours, pay and health care.
April 12
“I don’t know what he’s going to run on because his record as governor was so abysmal,” Gov. Mark Dayton said of Republican gubernatorial cand

Dayton rips into predecessor Pawlenty over run for governor

"I don't know what he's going to run on because his record as governor was so abysmal," Dayton said in an interview with the Star Tribune.
April 7
Voters cast early ballots at a voting center in Minneapolis on Sept. 23, 2016. The DFL is hoping to energize young voters.

DFL hoping to energize young voters, people of color and suburban women

But the party will have to work to turn voters out in a nonpresidential year.
South Metro
April 6
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty greeted supporters during his first public appearance after entering the race to seek a historic third term. He answered ques

Pawlenty voted for Trump, then called him 'unhinged and unfit'

Weeks before election he had called candidate "unhinged and unfit" to be president
March 24
Education Minnesota and labor allies packed the State Capitol Rotunda in 2017 protesting cuts to public education.

Teachers union may endorse for governor before DFL convention

Its support in the days leading up to the convention — during which labor will play a big role — would be an enormous lift.
March 19
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at the Edina Country Club on the Future of Work at a joint meeting of the Chambers of Commerce for Bloomington, Eden Pr

Ex-Gov. Pawlenty files with campaign board, moving closer to run

Former Republican governor expected to formally announce bid for third term in near future.
February 24
State Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, is optimistic about her gubernatorial chances despite a third-place caucus finish.

Each of the DFL candidates for Minnesota governor can make a case

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz bagged another endorsement last week, this one from carpenters, which continues a string of building-trades support that includes the International Union…
February 14

A look at the major candidates for Minnesota governor

These are the major contenders vying for their parties' nominations for Minnesota governor in 2018.
February 7
Stefan Peterson asked a DFL precinct caucus meeting at Eden Prairie High School for a show of hands Tuesday night on who would be willing to serve as

GOP's Jeff Johnson, DFL's Tim Walz get wins in caucus tests

Party activists weighed in for the first time on the governor's race in a busy year for state politics.
February 6
GOP gubernatorial candidates Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens (center left) and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (center right) talked b

Minnesota caucuses are opening volley in high-stakes election year

Activists of both parties will gather to select party leaders, hash out platform planks and make choices in a nonbinding straw poll for governor.