2018 Senate Race: State: Minnesota ( Tina Smith v Karin Housley )


Race Status

RESULT: Tina Smith (Dem)

Strong Dem
INCUMBENT PARTY: Dem last updated: 10-15-2018
Key Dates
Filing Deadline: 06/05/2018
Primaries: 08/14/2018
General Election: 11/06/2018

Race Status History
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Democratic Candidate

Dem Candidate

Tina Smith

Rep Candidate

Republican Candidate
Karin Housley

Robert Barnheiser
Jim Newberger

Pundit Opinions

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Current Senate Scoreboard
Bottom Line

Senator Smith was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to replace former Senator Al Franken. At first, this seemed like a great opportunity for Republicans to pick up a seat, but their strongest candidate, Tim Pawlenty, passed on the race. He appears more interested in becoming Governor again. State Senator Karin Housely is running for this seat as is dental technician Bob Anderson. Neither is the top-tier candidate the GOP hoped to recruit. It will be interesting to see who else jumps in the race prior to the June 5 filing deadline.

2018 Minnesota Data Card
Minnesota Demographics
Demographic State Nation
Gender 49.8% Male
50.2% Female
51% Female
Race/Ethnicity 80.6% White/Caucasian
6.2% Black/African American
4.9% Asian
61% White
18% Hispanic
12% Black
5% Asian
2% Two or More
1% Native
Language Other than Eng at Home 11.0% 21.1%
High School Grad Rate 92.9% 87.5%
College Grad Rate 34.8% 31.3%
Per Capita Income $34,515 $31,128
Unemployment 3.8% 4.1
Median Age 37.9 37.9
Population 5519952 325.7 mil
Square Miles 79628.2 3,796,742
Population per SqMi 169.3 185.8
People per Household 2.5 2.7
Foreign Born 8.2% 13.5%
Veteran 7.4% 7.4%
Geographic Mobility 14.4% 14.6%
Data Credits
State: www.census.gov
State/Miscellaneous: BALLOTPEDIA State Profile