Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar win DFL Senate primaries overwhelmingly

GOP nominates Karin Housley and Jim Newberger.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 11:24 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot.

Franken's successor, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, easily defeated a former Republican ethics attorney-turned top critic of President Donald Trump to advance to the fall election. State Sen. Karin Housley, who won the GOP endorsement, was her party's heavy favorite to face Smith.

In Minnesota's other Senate race, popular incumbent Amy Klobuchar easily defeated four Democrats and will face the GOP's endorsed candidate, state Rep. Jim Newberger, in the fall.

Franken, a Democrat and former "Saturday Night Live" comedian, resigned at the beginning of the year after a firestorm erupted last November amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith , his lieutenant governor and a top aide, to the seat until this November's special election to fill out the final two years of Franken's term.

A Smith-Housley matchup would come at a time when the #MeToo movement has changed the American landscape, sweeping many high-profile men out of power in politics , media and entertainment . A record number of women are now running for governor and Congress across the country.

Democrats resoundingly endorsed Smith at their state convention in June. But there were hints of some Democratic voters who wanted Smith to take a more vocal role in criticizing the president. They found that in Painter, a former ethics attorney in President George W. Bush's administration whose profile rose as a strident critic on cable TV.

Painter, now a law professor at the University of Minnesota, ran to Smith's left on some other issues, including supporting single-payer health care and opposing copper-nickel mining. But Smith easily defeated him.

Bryan Rich, 42, said Smith was an easy choice, saying he "wouldn't trust Painter" to behave as a real Democrat.

"He's not a true liberal, I don't think," he said.

Housley, who had no opposition for the GOP endorsement, was considered the strong favorite over two little-known Republicans. The two-term state senator's name is familiar in hockey-crazy Minnesota because her husband is Phil Housley, the Hall of Fame defenseman who jumped straight from South St. Paul High School into the NHL and now coaches the Buffalo Sabres.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 486434

Reported Deaths: 6575
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1009131586
Ramsey43165803
Dakota36375392
Anoka33335388
Washington22121258
Stearns18752201
St. Louis14822263
Scott13308107
Wright12538116
Olmsted1181788
Sherburne874172
Carver775640
Clay692387
Rice670791
Blue Earth596635
Kandiyohi579674
Crow Wing521282
Chisago499545
Otter Tail483270
Benton447790
Winona418549
Mower405731
Douglas393368
Nobles387247
Goodhue386269
Polk343763
McLeod340049
Beltrami338651
Morrison324747
Itasca313646
Lyon313644
Becker312542
Isanti306756
Steele301511
Carlton300149
Freeborn282623
Pine282016
Nicollet259241
Todd248330
Brown245537
Le Sueur235720
Mille Lacs227947
Cass220424
Waseca209317
Meeker207434
Martin189928
Wabasha18673
Roseau180317
Hubbard160740
Houston157414
Dodge15294
Renville150340
Redwood147027
Fillmore13768
Chippewa136735
Pennington136316
Cottonwood135020
Wadena131020
Faribault123417
Aitkin119033
Watonwan11758
Sibley117310
Rock115914
Kanabec107519
Pipestone101624
Yellow Medicine97617
Murray9488
Jackson93610
Swift87918
Pope8075
Marshall78015
Lake74218
Stevens7418
Clearwater71914
Lac qui Parle68516
Wilkin67411
Koochiching61911
Big Stone5163
Lincoln5092
Grant4918
Norman4788
Unassigned44568
Mahnomen4417
Kittson40921
Red Lake3625
Traverse3075
Lake of the Woods2191
Cook1180

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 335218

Reported Deaths: 5443
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk51785551
Linn19463313
Scott17080210
Black Hawk14924292
Woodbury13778212
Johnson1312174
Dubuque12416194
Dallas1019092
Pottawattamie9828143
Story959345
Warren511674
Clinton500784
Cerro Gordo498882
Webster494487
Sioux479169
Marshall463072
Des Moines427161
Muscatine424191
Buena Vista412237
Wapello4025108
Jasper386266
Plymouth367478
Lee354252
Marion339869
Jones284654
Henry279637
Bremer268754
Carroll266349
Crawford252235
Boone242830
Benton240354
Washington239047
Mahaska215246
Jackson209738
Dickinson202440
Tama202365
Kossuth198055
Delaware185540
Clay183825
Winneshiek182827
Fayette178635
Page177819
Buchanan176929
Wright173831
Hamilton173742
Cedar171523
Hardin169439
Harrison167169
Clayton159854
Butler158831
Mills147920
Floyd147741
Poweshiek147730
Lyon145541
Cherokee145336
Allamakee142347
Madison141918
Iowa139423
Hancock137630
Grundy132030
Winnebago130231
Calhoun129311
Cass128751
Jefferson128334
Appanoose123147
Louisa122341
Mitchell120440
Chickasaw119615
Union118731
Sac118318
Shelby116433
Emmet115040
Humboldt113525
Franklin109019
Guthrie108928
Palo Alto100921
Howard99021
Montgomery96736
Clarke94720
Keokuk92029
Monroe89428
Adair81028
Ida81032
Pocahontas80919
Davis76323
Monona76327
Greene72910
Lucas71421
Osceola68215
Worth6667
Taylor64112
Decatur5699
Fremont5599
Van Buren53718
Ringgold50520
Audubon4739
Wayne45821
Adams3184
Unassigned00
Rochester/St. Mary'S
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 30°
Mason City
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 26°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 30°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 32°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 26°
Several days of mild weather expected
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Dentists to administer covid vaccines

Image

New fishing pier coming to Rochester

Image

Record number of handgun permits issued in Minnesota

Image

Creating an 'IT ecosystem' in North Iowa

Image

Tracking WX Live at Silver Lake Park

Image

Hyvee adding nail salons

Image

World's Largest Grain Bin

Image

Ride Share services up

Image

Olmsted County Vaccine Progress

Image

Dodge County Begins Administering Covid Vaccines

Community Events