The most crowded primary in state history?

Politics in Minnesota – Ever since nine candidates signed up to run in the DFL primary in Senate District 67, PIM’s been trying to pin down the largest such field in state history. With the help of Robbie LaFleur at the Legislative Reference Library, we thought the puzzle had been solved: Matt Dean survived a 10-candidate state House primary to win the GOP nomination in 2003. (Somehow he even managed to get more than 50 percent of the vote.)

But Republican campaign guru Gregg Peppin, who runs the consulting firm P2B Strategies, points out a contest that we’d overlooked. In 1994, Tom Bakk emerged from an 11-candidate DFL primary in House District 6A. The Iron Range race was tightly contested: three other challengers — Lee Ramsdell, Bill Kosiak and Paul Kess — trailed Bakk by less than 400 votes.

Of course, Bakk went on to win a state Senate seat in 2002 and currently chairs the Taxes Committee. He also was among this year’s crowded field of DFL gubernatorial contenders.

Originally posted by Paul Demko on July 9, 2010 | Permalink