Rochester, Minn. – After a morning of logistical delays, the Minnesota State Republican Party convention in Rochester got underway late Friday morning.
The morning’s ruckus – the program started an hour and a half late – potentially marked the start of a two-day battle over which candidates to support, but also comes at a moment of heartfelt optimism for Republicans seeking to control Minnesota Gov. Let’s see the possibility. For the first time in decades if they win a major in November’s election.
“For the first time since the mid-1960s, Republicans are on the verge of controlling the legislative and executive branches of the state of Minnesota,” Republican Party of Minnesota President David Hahn said in a speech to nearly 2,200 delegates in Rochester Mayo. Civic Center.
The same headwinds facing Democrats – high inflation, fears of violent crime and despair over the pandemic – are seen by many Republicans as tailwinds for their candidates.
Republicans currently control the state Senate, but Democrats control the House and each hold elected office statewide. All those offices – and every seat in the Legislature – will be on the ballot on November 8.
The battle for approval is headlined by a whole field of candidates for governor, including physician and former state Sen. Scott Jensen, state Sen. Paul Gazelka, businessman Kendall Qualls, dermatologist Dr. Neil Shah, former Hennepin County. Sheriff Rich Stanek and Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy.
Party support has no legal significance; Any candidate may elect to remain on the ballot for the August 9 primary.
paper ballot push fail
In the meantime, however, the energetic, and perhaps messy, process was at hand on Friday, the party over which President Donald Trump’s influence has added to energy, but doubts over institutions and customs.
To that end, the convention featured a preliminary debate about voting by electronic means – as both sides have attempted to do for several recent conventions – or paper ballots. The push for paper ballots stemmed from the belief that electronic voting could not be trusted – an idea stemming from Trump’s false claims that he had won the 2020 election but that it was somehow stolen from him. Courts, journalists and election officials and legislatures across the country have rejected the idea.
Those opposed to paper ballots argued that the electronic method could be relied upon, and that the process of counting ballots would take so long that it would not be possible to complete endorsements before 6 p.m. Saturday, the scheduled closing of the convention.
Attempts to go to the paper ballot failed miserably.
At the party’s 2018 convention in Duluth, delegates were forced to cast some votes via paper ballot after an electronic system crashed.
Han urged party unity in his inaugural address, saying, “The only thing that presents an obstacle for us is this.” “Do we have the will to rise above disagreements with each other?”