Joe Perske (SD-13)

Minnesota has one State Senate race in 2018...for all the marbles

Joe Perske

MN SD-13

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2018 Result: Perske loses by 14-point margin (57% to 43%)

There will be one special election for a State Senate seat in Minnesota in 2018 because of the resignation of Republican Senate President Michelle Fischbach. The outcome of this race in SD-13 will determine which political party controls the majority in the Minnesota State Senate.

Perske is a retired teacher and coach (track, soccer, field hockey) with a long career in local politics. A former Mayor of the Town of Sartell, Perske currently serves as a Stearns County Commissioner. He received an undergraduate degree from St. John's University and an MA from St. Cloud University. Perske is an avid bow-hunter and a world-class marathoner, having completed more than 100 marathons in his lifetime.

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Candidate Name

Joe Perske (D)

Jeff Howe (R)

Campaign Spending

Total Campaign Spending Limit is $32,800 - No disclosures until October 24th

Total Campaign Spending Limit is $32,800 - No disclosures until October 24th

Outside Spending

Outside Spending will be large - no disclosures until September 25th

Outside Spending will be large - no disclosures until September 25th

Polling Results

Election Results

State Senate

2016: R+37

2012: R+27.2

District

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Senate District 13 sits in central Minnesota in the St. Cloud metropolitan area. The November special election was called following a series of resignations and appointments that began with U.S. Senator Al Franken's resignation in late 2017. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton appointed his Lieutenant Governor, Tina Smith, to fill Franken's vacancy; by Minnesota law, Republican Senate President Michelle Fischbach then replaced Smith. Republicans tried several legal maneuvers to allow Fischbach to remain in the State Senate so as not to endanger their majority control. Fischbach ultimately took the oath of office in May 2018, which allowed Dayton to set a special election for SD-13. The makeup of the Minnesota State Senate is now tied with Republicans and Democrats each in control of 33 seats.

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