Let Us Unite over Our Shared Experiences and Goals
Kendall Qualls conceded his race for US Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District with the same grace that he campaigned.
He recently sent out the following note to his supporters:
“Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support over the course of my campaign. While we did not achieve the result that we wanted and worked for, I am honored and humbled by your support. I especially want to thank my loving wife Sheila – oh how far we’ve come.
“I never dreamed of calling myself a candidate for Congress. But the great thing about our country is that where you start your life is not where you have to stay in life.
“I also want to congratulate my opponent Dean Phillips. I wish him nothing but the best of luck as he continues to represent the Third Congressional District in Congress.
“In closing, please remember that we are all Americans. Let us move away from the dogma of division and unite over our shared experiences and goals.”
Our True Success
First, thank you so much for your support over these past months.
Unfortunately, we came up short.
But while we may have lost on Tuesday, our campaign was still a tremendous success. I would like to briefly touch on three major achievements that would never have been possible without your help.
First, we forcefully and unequivocally called out Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism and anti-American rhetoric. The importance of this cannot be understated: Her comments and the hate they represent have no place in our society. They must never become “normalized.” They can never go unchallenged. We must fight them. We must never let up.
Second, our block-by-block approach identified, equipped, and empowered new Republican activists in nearly every neighborhood in the district. For the first time, the Republican Party has a recognizable face for many voters. We are planting the seeds of long-term structural change that is essential to expanding the Republican Party among the Black community.
Third, and most importantly, we introduced my Opportunity Agenda to thousands of young people, many of whom have only been fed Democrat lies about who Republicans are and what we stand for. We campaigned on education and the empowerment of the individual. We talked passionately about the opportunities that can only come through the free enterprise system. We stressed the importance of strong families. I firmly believe we changed the lives of countless younger voters, just by telling the truth.
We may not have won the election, but I am tremendously proud of our campaign’s record of success. This was not just a November 3rd fight. This is a fight for the soul of our nation, and it is a fight that endures.
I will not be leaving politics, but my mission has changed. We don’t know all of the details yet, but know this: I will be dedicating my time to recruiting and supporting minority Republican candidates who are willing to take on the toughest fights and bring our message to the next generation. After this year, I know firsthand how important that effort is.
We’re just getting started. Stay tuned.
A Few Observations on 2020 Elections in Minnesota
Another election cycle has come to a close … almost.
As we publish, it appears that absentee ballots are still being counted. Final 2020 voting statistics are not final. However, the numbers that are available are worth considering. The following analysis is based on information from the MN Secretary of State[https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-results/].
Across Minnesota, 80% of the estimated eligible voters voted in the Presidential race. This is the highest turnout in Minnesota since 1956, when 83.1% of voters turned out. Contrast this to 2016, when the voter turnout was 74.7%.
In 2016, President Trump lagged Hillary Clinton 1.367 million votes to 1.323 million votes, less that 45,000 votes, or 1.5%. In that year, minor party candidates had 254,000 votes (8.6%). If President Trump had gotten even 25% of that minor party vote, he would have taken Minnesota.
This year, President Trump’s total went up, but former VP Biden went up by more. The Republican candidate lagged the Democrat candidate 1.484 million votes to 1.718 million votes, less than 234,000 votes (7.1%). The votes that went to minor parties and write-in votes in the 2016 Presidential race appeared to go primarily to the Democratic candidate. The minor party votes totaled only 76,288 votes (2.3%).
As the MPR News chart above shows, Biden led other Democrats down-ticket by a significant number. The minor parties that garnered 2.3% of the vote at the Presidential level had a bigger impact in the next tier races. In the Senate contest and the eight Congressional races, minor parties had 7.8% and 5.1% of the vote, respectively.
The estimated number of eligible voters has increased from 2016 to 2020 by 146,132 (4%). This is about a 1% increase from 2018, after a 2% jump from 2016 to 2018.
Minnesota voters have traditionally been more willing to vote both sides of a ballot. There was some evidence of this in the Qualls vote for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District. Kendall secured 44.3% in his contest, outperformed Trump by 5% and Lewis by 4.2%.
CLICK HERE to read observations of the voting results in SD49 and SD50
Sign Pick-Ups Are Underway
A service our organizations provide after-Election Day to the community is the Republican "sign sweep" by SD49 and SD50 volunteers. The metal "H" stands and larger rebar posts will be used by future candidates. Candidates who expect to run for office again plan to reuse their signs.
Some sign pickups started already Tuesday after polls closed, and a larger team (pictured above) in cars/trucks fanned out to work the next day to pick up Republican candidate signs in our Edina and Bloomington precincts, as well as some Bloomington ballot initiative signs (Yes/Yes on Trash and No RCV). We'll pick up all the signs in a yard at one time, sort them and return to the campaigns or recycle/dispose of them. Julie Dupre's team has indicated they want to work independently to collect just her signs.
We believe that we have swept most, if not all, of Bloomington and Edina. If a Republican candidate sign is still in your Bloomington or Edina neighborhood now, please call our office with the address and we'll arrange for pick up. If you had a sign that was privately purchased but swept up by our team, please contact our office (952-856-3028) with your address, and we'll return it.
Given MN law, we want to clear all Republican signs before Nov. 15, when local sign ordinances may again be enforced.
Thank You to Candidates and Volunteers