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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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Race Candidate Party Grade Details
Governor Johnson, Jeff R A Details
Nicollet, Hannah IP A-(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Holbrook, Chris LP B+(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Dayton, Mark (I)Incumbent DFL D Details
Wright, Chris GLC F(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Attorney General Newman, Scott R A Details
Swanson, Lori (I)Incumbent DFL A Details
Vacek, Dan LMN C(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Dawkins,Andy GP F Details
Borgos, Brandan IP F(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
O'Conner, Mary LP F(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Auditor Iverson, Keegan LP A-(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Gilbert, Randy R B+ Details
Otto, Rebecca (I)Incumbent DFL F Details
Dean, Patrick IP F(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details
Schwartzbacker, Judith GLC F(P)Provisional: Based on questionnaire (or lack of questionnaire) only. Details

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: Legalize Marijuana Now
LP: Libertarian Party