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Campaign 2002

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What does Minnesota want?
Former gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny and former congressman Vin Weber discuss what message Minnesotans sent on Nov. 6, and whether it's consistent with what they've said before. Listen.

The impact at the Legislature
Political analyst Steven Schier says the Republican gains will have a big effect on the bills that move through the Capitol. Listen.

Minnesota's place in a GOP world
Lily Goren, chair of the political science department at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and Guy Charles, an associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota, analyze the election results. Listen.

What it means
A Humphrey Institute analysis with Vin Weber, co-director of the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum, and Chris Gilbert, a professor of political science at Gustavus Adolphus College. Listen.

Winners and losers
MPR's Gary Eichten talks with winners and losers, and analyzes the results with Chris Gilbert, including the effect on the third-party movement. Guests include House Speaker Steve Sviggum. Listen.

Norm Coleman
GOP Senate candidate accepts victory at a rally at the Capitol rotunda Listen.

Walter Mondale
DFL Senate candidate concedes. Listen.

Tim Pawlenty
Pawlenty accepts victory. Listen.


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At the Finish Line

Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Ventura Pawlenty sets stage for Capitol revolution
Nov. 6 -- Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty met with reporters and talked with outgoing Gov. Jesse Ventura about making the transition into office on Wednesday. Pawlenty says the election means Republican ideals will have a much smoother time at the Capitol than in the past. (More)

GOP boss Ron Eibensteiner How did it happen? What does it mean?
Nov. 6 -- Minnesota Republicans are ecstatic, and Democrats are reeling from the near-Republican sweep of the general election. Republicans won races for U.S. Senate, governor, two closely-watched suburban congressional seats, and all but one constitutional office. Political observers say the reasons range from the messages of the campaigns to reaction to the memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. (More)

Senator-elect ColemanColeman wins; Mondale concedes
Nov. 6 -- Exactly one week after he entered Minnesota's Senate race as a fill-in for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, Walter Mondale conceded that race on Wednesday to Republican Norm Coleman. "It appears that this election has been decided and a few minutes ago I called Senator-elect Coleman to congratulate him on his success and wish him and Laurie the best in his new assignment," Mondale told supporters at a St. Paul hotel. (More)

Tim Pawlenty Pawlenty wins governor's race
Nov. 6 -- For the first time in 12 years, a Minnesota governor will have support from at least one legislative house. Riding the wave of support in the population-rich suburbs of the Twin Cities, Republican Tim Pawlenty is headed for the governor's office. (More)

Mark KennedyCongressional races go Republican way
Nov. 6 -- Two of the hardest-fought congressional races in Minnesota went the Republican way Tuesday. Second District Rep. Bill Luther was ousted by Republican John Kline in their third matchup. Sixth District Rep. Mark Kennedy retained a congressional seat, easily beating DFLer Janet Robert. (More)

GOP gains in the Legislature
Nov. 6 - Republicans held on to their majority in the Minnesota House and strengthened their hand in the DFL-controlled Senate. All 134 legislative seats were on the ballot this year, and redistricting and retirements put many up for grabs. GOP leaders are pleased with their gains, while DFLers suffered some disappointing losses. (More)

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Coleman-Mondale Debate
On the day before the general election that decided the fate of their one-week campaign, former Vice President Walter Mondale and former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman debated at the Fitzgerald Theater.
Listen | Read (11/4/02)

See an extensive archive of political debate audio from the campaign of 2002.


Minnesota Public Radio analyzes the political advertising of this campaign. Who finances them? Do they tell the truth? See our Ad Watch section.