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Candidate Ratings 2014

During election cycles, GOCRA evaluates Minnesota candidates to determine their positions on issues of importance to gun owners, and all Second Amendment supporters. We examine voting records of incumbents, send questionnaires to all candidates, and review candidates' public statements and actions. We use this research to produce candidate grades below.

To find your district and polling place, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's poll finder web site at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

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Office Candidate Party Grade Details
CD1 Hagedorn, Jim R A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD1 Walz, Tim (I)Incumbent DFL B- Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD2 Kline, John (I)Incumbent R A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD2 Overby, Paula IP C- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD2 Obermueller, Mike DFL F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD3 Paulsen, Erik (I)Incumbent R A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD3 Sund, Sharon DFL F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD4 Mccollum, Betty (I)Incumbent DFL F Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD4 Wahlgren, Sharna R F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD5 Daggett, Doug R A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD5 Bauer, Lee IP B- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD5 Ellison, Keith (I)Incumbent DFL F Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD6 Emmer, Tom R A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD6 Denney, John IP A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD6 Perske, Joe DFL F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD7 Peterson, Collin (I)Incumbent DFL A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD7 Westrom, Torrey R A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD8 Mills, Stewart R A Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD8 Nolan, Rick (I)Incumbent DFL F Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
CD8 Sandman, Ray GP F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
Senator Johnson, Heather LP A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
Senator McFadden, Mike R B+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
Senator Carlson, Steve IP F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details
Senator Franken, Al (I)Incumbent DFL F Provisional: Based on questionnaires and statements (or lack thereof) only. details

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About Our Grading Scale

We're tough graders.

Without a voting record, even candidates who "talk the talk" perfectly will only receive an A-. That's not a slam, at all. We fully expect these candidates to "walk the walk" in the near future.

Still, A grades are reserved for proven pro-rights candidates -- candidates whose actions, in the legislature or elsewhere -- match their words.

A+ grades are reserved for superstars: gun rights leaders who go beyond saying the right things and voting the right way -- leaders who push the envelope, stand up for what's right, and bring others along with them.

Our grading scale:

A+ Leads the way for gun owners and sportsmen in Minnesota (very few qualify for this grade).
A
A-
A stalwart supporter of Minnesota gun owners and sportsmen.
B+
B
B-
Can be expected to usually support Minnesota gun rights.
C+
C
C-
Not necessarily a passing grade. Indicates a mixed record and/or mixed or weak statements on key issues.
D+
D
D-
Often, but not always, votes and speaks against Second Amendment rights.
F Hostile to Second Amendment civil rights.
F (Provisional) May be hostile to Minnesotans' gun rights: did not complete the GOCRA candidate questionnaire. Our experience is that candidates who do not return surveys may be hiding their positions, and often vote against gun owners.

Party abbreviations:

DFL: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
R: Republican
CP: Constitution Party
IP: Independence Party
GLC: Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis Party
GP: Green Party
LMN: Legal Marijuana Now
LP: Libertarian Party