U.S. Senate, 1982 Election

Primary Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Date: September 14, 1982
Cycle: 1982
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Mark Dayton Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 359,014 69.06 +44.97
Eugene J. McCarthy Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 125,229 24.09
Charles E. Pearson Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 19,855 3.82
William A. Branstner Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 15,754 3.03

Dayton was a resident of Minneapolis, former legislative aide to U.S. Senator Walter Mondale, former aide to Governor Rudy Perpich, and Minnesota Department of Economic Development Commissioner.

McCarthy was a writer and lecturer from St. Paul, former U.S. Representative (CD 04, 1949-1959), former U.S. Senator (1959-1971), Democratic candidate for President in 1968, 1972, and 1992, independent candidate for President in 1976, and third-party candidate for President in 1988.

Pearson was a field engineer for NCR Corp. from Welcome.

Branstner was a farmer and electrical contractor from Bertha.


  • Minnesota Election Results 1982, Election Division, Secretary of State (p. 5).