Labor 2020 Election Results
Minnesotans voted early in record numbers this year, both by mail-in absentee ballot and by voting in-person at early voting centers. Photo: voters waited patiently in line November 2 at a Minneapolis early voting center.
Wins in Minnesota
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, November 13, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — Despite four visits to Minnesota during the 2020 campaign, President Donald Trump failed in his bid to carry this state which he narrowly lost four years ago.
Instead, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won Minnesota with 1,718,243 votes, topping Trump’s vote total of 1,485,037 votes by a 233,206 vote margin — according to the latest unofficial vote totals published by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office as the Labor Review went to press November 9.
Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes will go to Biden, who at press time had won more than the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the election.
The AFL-CIO endorsed Biden and the federation’s president, Richard Trumka, said union members’ votes and campaign efforts made the difference.
“Biden’s path to the White House ran through America’s labor movement. Initial toplines from our post-election survey show union members went 58 percent for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Trumka reported in his remarks at a November 5 news conference. “While the general public supported Biden by three points, our members favored him by 21 points.”
“Simply put, we got out the vote,” Trumka said. “Joe Biden’s firewall was union made!”
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued a statement November 7, as multiple news organizations declared Joe Biden President-elect and Kamala Harris Vice President-elect.
“Minnesota’s union members are proud to be part of a movement that helped lay the groundwork for President-elect Biden’s and Vice President-elect Harris’ historic victory,” McCarthy said.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing multiple changes in tactics, the Labor 2020 campaign was the largest political effort in Minnesota AFL-CIO history,” he continued.
“Over the course of the campaign, union volunteers organized a massive worksite organizing program, made more than half a million phone calls, and reached more than 400,000 people online to successfully turn out the union vote for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Tina Smith, and labor-endorsed candidates down ballot,” McCarthy said.
DFLer Tina Smith, the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, won re-election with 48.74 of the vote, out-polling Republican Jason Lewis by a vote of 1,567,760 to 1,398,997.
In races for the U.S. House of Representatives, four of the seven candidates endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO won their races: DFLers Angie Craig in the 2nd District, Dean Phillips in the 3rd District, Betty McCollum in the 4th District, and Ilhan Omar in the 5th District.
In the 1st District, AFL-CIO endorsed and DFL-endorsed Dan Feehan lost a rematch with the one-term incumbent Republican, Jim Hagedorn.
In the 6th District, AFL-CIO-endorsed and DFL-endorsed Tawnja Zahradka was defeated by incumbent Republican Tom Emmer. Emmer ran with union endorsements from the Laborers, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Minnesota Pipe Trades Association, and Operating Engineers Local 49.
In the 7th District, longtime DFL incumbent Collin Peterson, who was AFL-CIO endorsed, was defeated by Michelle Fischbach.
In the 8th District, the Minnesota AFL-CIO did not make an endorsement.
The 8th District Republican incumbent, Pete Stauber, won re-election over his DFL-endorsed challenger.
Stauber ran with endorsements from the Boilermakers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Iron Workers Local 512, Laborers, Minnesota Pipe Trades Association, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Operating Engineers Local 49, and Teamsters Joint Council 32.
As of November 9, President Trump had not conceded the election and was claiming widespread voter fraud — without offering proof — and filing lawsuits.
“We have trust in our system, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka declared. “Every vote must be counted. Voters decide elections. Not judges. Not legislators.”
U.S. Senator Tina Smith, who was endorsed for re-election by the Minnesota AFL-CIO, spoke at an outdoor election eve DFL rally hosted by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers in their parking lot.