SPOTLIGHT

A Super Start to the Midterms

There was a vast political backdrop to Sunday’s big game.

A fan takes a picture outside U.S. Bank Stadium before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
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Kyle Trygstad
Feb. 5, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Minnesota hosted a Super Bowl for the ages Sunday, and it will be the site for plenty of must-see action in the midterm elections with a governor race that could feature a former Republican governor, two Senate races, and four House races at the heart of the fight for the majority.

Tim Pawlenty is meeting with advisers next week to consider a bid for his old job, a move that would spice up what is already a crowded, open-seat governor race. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is seeking a third term before possibly joining the Democrats challenging President Trump in 2020. And appointed Democratic Sen. Tina Smith is running to stick around Capitol Hill for at least another two years.

Democrats shooting for House control have a couple of prime GOP targets in Minnesota—Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis—as well as two of their own vulnerable seats—Rep. Rick Nolan and the open 1st District.

The candidate filing deadline is four months from Monday, and the Aug. 14 primaries will kick off the fall campaign season in a state Republicans nearly intercepted in the 2016 presidential race.

Kyle Trygstad

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