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GOP sample ballot for primary misses key races

A party mailer failed to list contested primary races in the 1st and 6th Congressional Districts.

The Republican Party of Minnesota mailed a sample ballot to likely primary voters in targeted areas and failed to list contested primary races in the 1st and 6th Congressional Districts.

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey sent an e-mail to Republican activists this morning and he apologized “…to the party officers, campaign teams and volunteers working so hard on behalf of” Miller and Emmer.

Aaron Miller, the Republican endorsed candidate for the 1st Congressional District is being challenged by Jim Hagedorn, and Tom Emmer, the Republican endorsed candidate in 6th Congressional District is being challenged by Rhonda Sivarajah.

Last evening, I published pictures of two sample ballots received by Republican activists in the 1st and 6th Congressional Districts and neither mailing mentions any candidates for Congress. Below are the pictures sent to

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The sample ballots mailed to likely primary voters by the Republican Party of Minnesota actually include Republican endorsed candidates without contested primaries, but failed to include some candidates with contested primaries. Dan Severson, the Republican endorsed candidate for secretary of state and Randy Gilbert, the Republican endorsed candidate for state auditor face no opponents next Tuesday in the primary, but are listed on the sample ballot.

Earlier today, a spokesman for Tom Emmer’s campaign told me they are unaware of Emmer appearing on any sample ballots for the primary distributed by the Republican Party of Minnesota. The design of the sample ballot is bizarre, as the literature doesn’t totally obscure the names of GOP challengers to the endorsed Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

This post was written by Michael Brodkorb and originally published on – an inside view of Minnesota politics. Follow on Twitter: @politicsdotmn.

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