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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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County Candidate Grade Details
Aitkin Turner, Scott (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Anoka Stuart, James (I)Incumbent B- details
Becker Clements, Tim F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Glander, Todd F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Beltrami Hodapp, Philip (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Benton Skwira, Pete B (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Heck, Troy C+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Big Stone Haukos, John (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Blue Earth Peterson, Brad (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Brown Hoffmann, Rich (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Carlton Lake, Kelly (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Carver Lee, Derek A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Olson, Jim (I)Incumbent A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Cass Burch, Tom (I)Incumbent C- details
Tennis, Wayne F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Chippewa Tufto, Stacy (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Chisago Duncan, Rick (I)Incumbent C+ details
Rollins, Ron F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Clay Alderman, Ryan C- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Bergquist, Bill (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Clearwater Erickson, Mike (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Cook Lunde, Leif C- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Eliasen, Patrick F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Cottonwood Purrington, Jason (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Crow Wing Dahl, Todd (I)Incumbent C- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Dakota Kotek, Herb F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Leslie, Tim F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Dodge Jensen, Jim (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Rose, Scott F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Douglas Wolbersen, Troy C (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Homan, Rich F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Faribault Gormley, Mike (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Fillmore Kaase, Tom F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Miner, Brian F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Freeborn Freitag, Kurt F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Kindler, Bob (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Goodhue McNurlin, Scott (I)Incumbent B- details
Grant Walvatne, Dwight (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Hennepin Stanek, Rich (I)Incumbent A- details
Frizell, Eddie D (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Houston Inglett, Mark C+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Ely, Douglas (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Hubbard Aukes, Cory (I)Incumbent C- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Isanti Caulk, Chris F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mccarty, John F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Itasca Williams, Victor (I)Incumbent B- details
Johnson, Bryan F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Jackson Hawkinson, Roger (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Kanabec Rollins, Kenneth F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Smith, Brian F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Kandiyohi Hartog, Dan (I)Incumbent B (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Kittson Hultgren, Kenny (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Koochiching Hedlund, Perryn B+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Jespersen, Brian (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Lac qui Parle Halvorson, Rick (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Lake Johnson, Carey (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Lake of the Woods Fish, Gary (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
LeSueur Tietz, David F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Lincoln HARDING, GUY A- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Meester, Chad F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Lyon Hanson, Bruce F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mather, Mark (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mahnomen Krier, Douglas (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Reimer, Jennifer F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Marshall Boman, Jason F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Kostrzewski, Dewayne F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Martin Bleess, Jaime F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Markquart, Jeff (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
McLeod Rehmann, Scott (I)Incumbent B details
Meeker Cruze, Brian B- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Thoma, Jon F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mille Lacs Lindgren, Brent (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Morrison Larsen, Shawn F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Rocheleau, Dan F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mower Amazi, Terese (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Murray Telkamp, Steve (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Nicollet Lange, Dave (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Nobles Wilkening, Kent (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Norman Thornton, Jeremy (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Olmsted Torgerson, Kevin C+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mueller, David (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Otter Tail Schlueter, Brian (I)Incumbent B details
Pennington Kuznia, Raymond (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Mattson, Craig F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Pine Nelson, Jeff F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Rosati, Jared F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Pipestone Vreeman, Keith F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Wellnitz, Derek F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Polk Erdman, Barb (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Pope Riley, Tim (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Ramsey Bostrom, Matt (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Red Lake Bernstein, Mitch (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Redwood Hanson, Randy (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Renville Hable, Scott (I)Incumbent B- details
Rice Dunn, Troy (I)Incumbent B+ (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Rock Verbrugge, Evan (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Roseau Gust, Steven (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Pearson, Gene F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Scott Studnicka, Kevin (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Sherburne Brott, Joel (I)Incumbent B+ details
Sibley Ponath, Bruce (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
St. Louis Litman, Ross (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Stearns Bromenschenkel, Mark F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Sanner, John (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Steele Thiele, Lon (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Stevens Dingman, Jason (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Swift Holtz, John (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Joyce, Chris F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Todd Asmus, Don F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Marcyes, Lonnie F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Traverse Wright, Trevor F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Wabasha Bartsh, Rodney (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
O'Hara, Scott F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Wadena Carr Jr., Michael F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Waseca Milbrath, Brad (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Washington Hutton, Bill (I)Incumbent B+ details
Watonwan Menssen, Gary (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Wilkin Fiedler, Rick (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Winona Ganrude, Ron D- (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Spitzer, Bill F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Wright Braun, Stacy F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Hagerty, Joe (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. details
Yellow Medicine Flaten, Bill (I)Incumbent F (P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) 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.

Primary Results

Candidated with crossed out information were eliminated in the primary election on August 12.

Party abbreviations:

DFL: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
R: Republican
CP: Constitution Party
IP: Independence Party
GP: Green Party