MinnPost’s guide to the 2016 election

You could be forgiven for wanting to ignore most of the news from this seemingly never-ending election cycle. But the fact is, voting day is coming. If you're just getting up to speed (no judgment here), or if you want to review, here are links to MinnPost’s coverage of some of this year’s most important races. We'll keep this post updated with our coverage in the coming week.

U.S. House

Second district

Longtime GOP Rep. John Kline’s retirement put this seat in play, with some analysts saying the district now favors Democrats. The DFL nominated Angie Craig, a former medical device executive, to contest the seat; Republicans picked former radio talk show host Jason Lewis.

Third district

In any normal year, Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen would be skating toward an easy re-election in this wealthy district, which includes the western suburbs of Minneapolis. But Donald Trump’s vast unpopularity here helped convince a strong DFL challenger, state Sen. Terri Bonoff, to challenge Paulsen for the seat.

Eighth district

It’s rematch season in northern Minnesota, with Stewart Mills again taking on Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. Considered one of the most competitive House races in the entire country, the campaign has been marked by personal acrimony and is attracting among the highest amounts of spending by outside groups.

Minnesota Legislature

All 134 state representatives and 67 state senators are up for election this year. Republicans are hoping to build on their success in 2014, when they captured the Minnesota House, by retaking the state Senate — a feat requiring a net gain of six seats. Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping to regain the House — which would give them control of both houses of the legislature and the governor’s seat; to do so, they’ll need to pick up a net of seven seats.

Other races

Constitutional amendment

All Minnesota ballots will feature a proposed constitutional amendment that would create an independent commission to set the pay for state legislators. Currently, legislators are responsible for setting their own pay.

Minneapolis School Board

There are school board elections in three Minneapolis districts — 3, 4 and 6 — as well as one at-large seat, which is a citywide election.

Judicial elections

The highest-profile contested judicial race in Minnesota is for the Supreme Court. Natalie Hudson, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2015, will seek the ratification of voters in the face of a challenge from attorney Michelle MacDonald.

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