Republican Karin Housley, left, and, to a lesser extent, DFLer Tina Smith remain unfamiliar to many Minnesota voters.

Minnesota Poll: Tina Smith leads Karin Housley for Senate

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has an imposing lead over Republican challenger Jim Newberger, while U.S. Sen. Tina Smith holds a much smaller advantage over state Sen. Karin Housley in the special election race for Minnesota's other U.S. Senate seat.
Candidates for Minnesota governor Tim Walz, left, and Jeff Johnson have sketched out starkly different visions for the future of state government.

Minnesota Poll: Tim Walz leads Jeff Johnson

September 16
DFLer Tim Walz holds a 9-point advantage over Republican Jeff Johnson in the race for governor with less than two months to the election. The poll finds about one in six voters still undecided in the race.
Gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson, left, and Tim Walz seen at the Minnesota State Fair.

Ad campaign thrusts health care into governor's race

September 11
The GOP gubernatorial candidate fired back, calling the ads "blatant lies."
Stickers awaited voters after they cast their ballots on primary election day in August at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Paul.

Minnesota sees surge in new voter registrations ahead of competitive November midterm elections

September 8
The spike comes after the state in August saw the highest primary turnout since 1994.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who's running for state attorney general, spoke outside the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair last month.

Keith Ellison faces and navigates controversy, again

September 8
DFL candidate for Minnesota attorney general has seen – and survived – his share of political hurdles.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and state Sen. Karin Housley will square off in Minnesota’s first all-female U.S. Senate contest

Will D.C. Republicans come to Karin Housley's aid?

September 8
Housley remains unknown to many Minnesotans and will have to distinguish herself from generic Republicans.
The focus of campaign 2018 has been on the House, but Senate races could prove more unpredictable and dramatic.

The battle for the Senate could provide election-night drama

September 8
Analysis: Many of the competitive seats are in heart of Trump country.

Swarm of political ads arrives in Minn., reflecting state's battleground status

September 12
Minnesota's airwaves will be increasingly filled with political appeals and attacks.
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In lead-up to primary, Minnesota's nationally-watched congressional races bring in millions

July 17
No state is home to more toss-up congressional races than Minnesota. The Third District has already surpassed the $6M mark for fundraising, and the suddenly-open Fifth is heating up.