ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The race is on for Minnesota lawmakers, but it’s a particularly grueling race for the gubernatorial candidates.
During this election, voters had six candidates for governor to choose from. Two of them were democratic options, and four were republicans. According to state documents and former State Rep, Rich Murray, a ballot like this hasn’t been seen since the 1920s.
Murray tells us that once candidates have gone through the endorsement process, those who didn’t receive an endorsement usually back out of the race, and he says, “it’s kind of surprising that we still have this many in the race at this point.”
Because there were so many options, Murray says it’s important that voters head to the polls as informed as possible.
Erik Larsen voted in the 1st Ward in Albert Lea. He tells us that he has been preparing for this election, and knew exactly who he planned on voting for when he received his ballot. Larsen says he followed many of his chosen candidates’ campaigns and knows exactly what lawmakers he “wants to see make it through this whole process.”
Making it to the November election is something all candidates hope for, but Larsen says they can only get there if people get out and vote. “I’d love to see more of the younger people show up,” he says, “I mean, probably 5 to 10 percent of the people who come to the primaries are under 50 so, we would love to see more of the young people show up and become part of the process.”