DFL: Matt Entenza likely has no political future after Tuesday's primary

By KBJR News 1

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM CST

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto survived her DFL primary challenge from former Minority Leader Matt Entenza.

The race was not close. Otto handily fended off her DFL primary challenger Entenza in Tuesday's election with eighty percent of the vote.

But what was contentious was the intra–party fight for the auditor's job.

Entenza spent more than $670,000 of his own money to wage an expensive and contentious battle.

Many party officers criticized Entenza for running for State Auditor, claiming he was running to advance his political career.

Entenza insisted that his reasons for running were altruistic. He said Minnesota needed a progressive activist in the State Auditor's office.

Wednesday morning DFL Chairman Ken Martin said after this race, Entenza likely has no political future in the Democratic Party.

Political science professor Alisa Von Hagel says it is possible that voters have not heard the last of Entenza.

"To call a moratorium on a candidate is always perhaps a little hasty; there has always been some resurrections – come back kids – in all levels of government throughout the United States," Von Hagel said.

Von Hagel says it is not inconceivable that Entenza, who has strong name recognition, will run for another office at some point.

Otto will face former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert in November's election.

Gilbert is running as the Republican candidate for State Auditor.

Nick Minock
nminock@kbjr.com