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1996 Minnesota 2008
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2002
November 5, 2002
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Nominee Norm Coleman Walter Mondale Jim Moore
Party Republican DFL Independence
Popular vote 1,116,697 1,067,246 45,139
Percentage 49.53% 47.34% 2.00%
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Dean Barkley
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Norm Coleman
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The 2002 Minnesota U.S. Senate election took place on November 5, 2002, and was between incumbent Paul Wellstone and Mayor of Saint Paul Norm Coleman. Eleven days prior to the election, on October 25, 2002 Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) chose former Vice President and 1984 Presidential candidate Walter Mondale to replace Wellstone on the ballot. Coleman narrowly beat Mondale 50% to 47%.[1] Governor Jesse Ventura then appointed Dean Barkley to serve the rest of Wellstone's term.

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Democratic primary

Incumbent Senator Wellstone easily beat his challenger Dick Franson 92.53 percent to 4.94 percent. Franson had run in three primary races.

Republican primary

Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman easily beat his challenger Jack Shepard 95 percent to 5 percent.

General election

At the time of his death, Wellstone was slightly ahead in the polls. After Walter Mondale was chosen as the DFL candidate, in a poll taken a few days before the election Mondale was leading 51% to 45%. Early on election day Mondale was leading in votes but by nightfall Norm Coleman pulled ahead, winning by 49.5 percent to 47.3 percent.

2002 Minnesota U.S. Senate Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Norm Coleman 1,116,697 49.53% +8.25%
DFL Walter Mondale 1,067,246 47.34% -2.98%
Independence Jim Moore 45,139 2.00% -4.98%
DFL Paul Wellstone 11,381 0.50% n/a
Green Ray Tricomo 10,119 0.48% n/a
Constitution Miro Drago Kovatchevich 2,254 0.10% n/a
Write-ins 1,803 0.80% n/a
Majority 49,451 2.19%
Turnout 2,254,639 80.26%

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