Democrat Tim Walz defeated Republican Jeff Johnson to win the Gubernatorial race in Minnesota Tuesday night. Johnson conceded shortly before 11p.m. CST.
As of 11 p.m on Tuesday night, Walz was leading with about 54% of the vote to Johnson’s nearly 42 percent, with over 80% of votes reported.
With Walz’s win, The Democrats in Minnesota made history by controlling the Governor’s office for three consecutive terms since the 1950’s. Prior to running for Governor, Walz’s served as a six-term U.S. House member, retired National Guardsmen and former Mankato school teacher.
During the Campaign for Minnesota Governor, Walz’s campaign focused on immigrants and inclusivity, which was seen through his campaign theme of “One Minnesota”.
“I want to be clear— Jeff Johnson loves this State dearly…it’s simply putting forward different visions. We can bridge those gaps…for one Minnesota.” Walz said.
Walz and his running mate, Rep. Peggy Flanagan of St. Louis Park endorsed a progressive agenda throughout the campaign trail. In the primary, Walz defeated Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, former state legislator and attorney from Plymouth unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General in 2006 (Attorney General), and then for Governor in 2008.
Johnson and his running mate, Donna Bergstrom of Duluth ran on a platform of shrinking government waste and spending that was supportive of President Trump’s agenda. Johnson promised to pause the Refugee Resettlement Program, and to lower taxes. In the Republican primary, Johnson beat Tim Pawlenty. In October during a rally, President Trump endorsed Johnson.
In his concession speech, Johnson thanked the voters and his supporters for their efforts and prayers.
“I don’t believe the outcome means that GOD doesn’t answer prayers about this,” Johnson told his supporters in Bloomington, “I just think He’s got something else in mind. I don’t have a clue what it is for me, but it’s going to be awesome….Obviously, this didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Sometimes timing is bad in politics. Sometimes other things go wrong. But I hope everyone in this room will keep up the fight. Keep fighting to make Minnesota about people, about individuals and not about government, about bureaucracy.”
The 2018 campaign season was characterized by divisive attack ads and social media messaging often paid for by outside groups. Yet amid that atmosphere, both Walz and Johnson ran rather cordial campaigns against each other.
During the campaign, Johnson warned what would happen to Minnesota if Walz became Governor. “We’d become essentially the safe space, the magnet for every illegal alien who wants to be protected from the federal government in any way, and that means not just illegal immigrants who wandered across the border, this means criminals, dangerous criminals.”
TROLLED: Pelosi For Prison Banner Flown Over Her San Francisco District
It calls for Pelosi to be locked up for her “crimes against America.”
Liberals in San Francisco were immediately triggered Thursday morning by the sight of an impossible-to-miss 25-foot by 80-foot “Pelosi for Prison” banner flying in the spy upon the left-wing stronghold.
Her lawlessness, ignorance and corruption have gone on for too long!
— DeAnna for Congress🇺🇸vs Nancy (@DeAnna4Congress) February 6, 2020
The banner, paid for by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Republican opponent, DeAnna Lorraine, directs those who see it to a petition, located at PelosiForPrison.co, which calls for Pelosi to be jailed for her “crimes against America.” With the banner coming just a day after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Pelosi-driven impeachment hearings, it is a sign that some conservatives are moving off of the defensive, and instead focusing on offensive attacks against left-wing figures like Pelosi.
Speaking with Big League Politics, Lorraine states that the banner was a part of her plan to expose Pelosi’s record while in the Congress, along with her “egregious crimes against America.”
“I am running for Congress to clean out the corruption that is Nancy Pelosi. Instead of caring for the people of
San Francisco and advancing their issues on a national scale, she spends her time conducting asinine
impeachments and investigations that amount to absolutely nothing” said DeAnna. “It’s past time we start
hitting her hard on her record of poor leadership and egregious crimes against America, and I look very much
forward to retiring her in November.”
This banner definitely gets that message across, and surely has Nancy Pelosi shaking with rage.
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