2002 Minnesota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Tim Pawlenty Roger Moe Tim Penny
Party Republican Democratic (DFL) Independence
Running mate Carol Molnau Julie Sabo Martha Robertson
Popular vote 999,473 821,268 364,534
Percentage 44.4% 36.5% 16.2%

County results

Pawlenty:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Moe:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Penny:      30-40%      40-50%      50-60%

Governor before election

Jesse Ventura
Independence

Elected Governor

Tim Pawlenty
Republican

The 2002 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 2002 for the post of Governor of Minnesota. Republican candidate Tim Pawlenty defeated Democratic candidate Roger Moe and Independence Party of Minnesota candidate Tim Penny. Due to personal reasons regarding the health of his spouse, incumbent Governor Jesse Ventura chose not to seek re-election. Pawlenty comfortably won the election, which was attributed in part to Moe's uninspired campaign, with Moe being dubbed a "cautious dullard" four years later by the City Pages.[1]

Republican primary

Candidate

Results

2002 Republican gubernatorial primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Pawlenty 172,927 88.64
Republican Sue Jeffers 22,172 11.36
Total votes 195,099 100.00

DFL primary

In May 2002, the DFL formally endorsed Moe over rival Judi Dutcher, the Minnesota State Auditor. Becky Lourey, a member of the Minnesota Senate, was also a contender before dropping out.[2]

Candidate

Results

2002 Democratic–Farmer–Labor gubernatorial primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Roger Moe 199,103 88.79
Democratic (DFL) Ole Savior 25,135 11.21
Total votes 224,238 100.00

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[3] Tossup October 31, 2002
Sabato's Crystal Ball[4] Lean R (flip) November 4, 2002

Results

2002 gubernatorial election, Minnesota[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tim Pawlenty 999,473 44.4% +10.1%
Democratic (DFL) Roger Moe 821,268 36.5% +6.4%
Independence Tim Penny 364,534 16.2% -20.8%
Green Ken Pentel 50,589 2.3% +2.0%
Independent Booker Hodges IV 9,698 0.4% +0.4%
Socialist Workers Kari Sachs 3,026 0.1% +0.09%
Constitution Lawrence Aeshliman 2,537 0.1% +0.1%
Lealand Vettleson[6] 2 0.0% +0.0%
Write-ins 1,348 0.06% +0.02%
Majority 178,205 7.9%
Turnout 2,252,473 70.7% +10.6%
Republican gain from Independence

References

  1. ^ Robson, Britt (August 30, 2006). "Running Man". City Pages. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2006.
  2. ^ Howard, K. C. "DFL endorses Moe for governor's race". The Minnesota Daily. Retrieved 2022-04-03.
  3. ^ "Governor Updated October 31, 2002 | The Cook Political Report". The Cook Political Report. October 31, 2002. Archived from the original on December 8, 2002. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Governors Races". www.centerforpolitics.org. November 4, 2002. Archived from the original on December 12, 2002. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "2002 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Minnesota". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2015-04-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

See also