1968 Election Cycle

Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey did not get much of a home state advantage – carrying Minnesota by just a dozen points. His loss to Richard Nixon ended a streak of 12 consecutive elections in which the state cast its Electoral College votes for the winning presidential nominee.

The DFL won the first election to the renamed Public Service Commission with (previously named) Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Paul Rasmussen narrowly holding his seat.

Down the ballot, all five Republican and all three DFL U.S. Representatives were reelected to another term.

Associate Justice William Murphy was reelected to a fourth term on the Supreme Court.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/05/1968 State House, District 23B General Wallace F. Gustafson (Nonpartisan) won with 6,726 votes (59.68%) and a winning margin of +19.35
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Wallace F. Gustafson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 6,726 59.68
Royce Ruud Man Nonpartisan 4,545 40.32
11/05/1968 State House, District 23A General W.D. (Bill) Shores (Nonpartisan) won with 6,822 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
W.D. (Bill) Shores Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 6,822 100.00
11/05/1968 State House, District 22B General Harry W. Peterson (Nonpartisan) won with 5,215 votes (51.21%) and a winning margin of +2.42
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Harry W. Peterson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 5,215 51.21
Maynard L. Swenson Man Nonpartisan 4,969 48.79
11/05/1968 State House, District 22A General Harold (Curly) Dammermann (Nonpartisan) won with 5,664 votes (58.46%) and a winning margin of +16.92
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Harold (Curly) Dammermann Man Nonpartisan 5,664 58.46
Al Payne Man Nonpartisan 4,025 41.54
11/05/1968 U.S. House, District 01 General Albert H. (Al) Quie (Republican) won with 138,400 votes (68.75%) and a winning margin of +37.50
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Albert H. (Al) Quie Incumbent Man Republican 138,400 68.75
George P. Daley Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 62,916 31.25