A new SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota finds Gov. Tim Walz (D) holds a double-digit lead over each of six potential Republican challengers.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (R) may run for Minnesota governor, Axios reports.
A new Mason-Dixon poll in Minnesota finds President Trump’s approval rating has dropped from 45% to 39%, while 56% disapprove of his handling of the job.
“In other results, Democrats are safely ahead of Republicans in nearly every major statewide race. Rep. Tim Walz (D) leads Jeff Johnson (R) by 9 points in the governor’s race, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) is up big over Jim Newberger (R), and Sen. Tina Smith (D) leads state Sen. Karin Housley (R) by 7 points.”
“The only real bright spot for Republicans? Doug Wardlow (R) is within striking distance of Rep. Keith Ellison (D) in the attorney general contest, though still trailing by 5 percentage points, with 18 percent undecided. That’s after Ellison was accused by an ex-girlfriend of domestic abuse, which he denies.”
“Minnesota Republicans decisively rejected the comeback bid of former governor Tim Pawlenty, a onetime kingmaker in state politics who proved unable to overcome his 2016 description of Donald Trump as ‘unhinged and unfit’ for once boasting of grabbing women,” the Washington Post reports.
“The surprise result was just the latest evidence of the president’s rising control over the Republican Party electorate and the waning power of veteran lawmakers.”
Said Pawlenty: “The Republican Party has shifted. It is the era of Trump, and I’m just not a Trump-like politician.”
NBC News/Marist polled possible match ups for governor in three key Midwestern states:
- In Wisconsin, Tony Evers (D) leads Gov. Scott Walker (R), 54% to 41%.
- In Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer (D) leads Bill Schuette (R), 47% to 38%.
- In Minnesota, Lori Swanson (D) leads Tim Pawlenty (R) 51% to 40%, while Tim Walz (D) leads Pawlenty (R) 51% to 40%.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) announced he is running for governor, “attempting a restoration after eight years out of office that saw his DFL successor move the state in a more progressive direction at odds with Pawlenty’s tenure,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“His entry shakes up the open governor’s race, scrambling a GOP field thus far plagued by a lack of enthusiasm from activists and financial donors. Gov. Mark Dayton is not running after his two terms, and the DFL field to replace him is also still unsettled.”
Tim Pawlenty (R) is fundraising toward a now-likely campaign for Minnesota governor, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
“Pawlenty has yet to announce a formal campaign for the office, which won’t have an incumbent on November’s ballot. But all signs point to a campaign, including his decision to leave a high-paid Washington D.C. job lobbying for financial services companies.”
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is actively considering a political comeback, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
“Pawlenty is weighing a campaign for his old job and is convening a group of Republican donors and political movers this month as he seeks advice about entering a governor’s race without a clear favorite.”
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) “slurred his words and fainted briefly near the end of a 45-minute State of the State speech Monday night at the Capitol,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
“Several people nearby, including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, caught him as he lurched forward, struck his forehead on the lectern and then sank toward the floor in the House chambers in St. Paul.”