2014 Campaign Kicks Off in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

May 30, 2014 Updated May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNow.com) --- Friday marked the official kickoff to the 2014 election in Minnesota for both parties.

In Rochester, Republican candidates Mike McFadden, Julianne Ortman, and Chris Dahlberg are fighting for the Republican endorsement to face DFL Senator Al Franken.

Dalhberg was the highest vote-getter on the first ballot, earning 25% of the delegation's vote. McFadden earned 23% of the vote followed by Ortman at 22%.

The final results are expected to come in tonight.

On Saturday, Republicans will vote for their endorsed candidate for Governor.

Whoever the Republican nominee is for Governor, they will likely have to go through a primary election in August.

If a Republican beats Governor Dayton this November, it will be the first time a Republican has defeated a sitting DFL governor in 24 years.

"I actually think the ACA and MNsure is going to be a positive thing for DFLer's to run on this year," DFL Chairman Ken Martin said. "No one in this state wants to go back to those dark days. We need to continue to move forward to provide healthcare for all Minnesotans."

On Saturday, DFL leaders will gather in Duluth to start the reelection campaigns for Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken.

Both DFL incumbents were elected to their position by narrow margins, which has Republican challengers optimistic.

UWS Political Science Professor Alisa Von Hagel says that 2014 will be a test of how popular Affordable Care Act is in Minnesota.

Nick Minock