Attorney Nick Leonard (D) announced he will challenge Sen. Tina Smith (D), becoming the first Democrat to declare a bid against her. If elected, Leonard “would be the first openly gay man in the U.S. Senate.”
In his announcement, Leonard said, “I would be honored to represent Minnesotans on the issues they care most about and fight against the unprincipled Bachmann-Trump Republican Party of hate, division, and exclusion.” (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)
STAYING OUT. Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) will not run in the Senate race, saying, “It became very clear to me that I wasn’t hearing any call from God to do this.”
“A Bachmann candidacy against … Smith would have turned the race into an overnight sensation. Smith was formerly an executive at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
Two Republicans so far are running against Smith: state Sen. Karin Housley and dental technician Bob Anderson.