U.S. Senate, 2002 Election


Date: November 5, 2002
Cycle: 2002
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Norm Coleman Man Republican 1,116,697 49.53 +2.19
Walter Mondale Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,067,246 47.34
Jim Moore Man Independence 45,139 2.00
Paul Wellstone Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 11,381 0.50
Ray Tricomo Man Green 10,119 0.45
Miro Drago Kovatchevich Man Constitution 2,254 0.10
Ed McGaa Man Write-In 7 0.00
Dick Franson Man Write-In 3 0.00
Michelle Marie Harbeck Woman Write-In 3 0.00

Senator Wellstone was renominated to a third term. Wellstone died in a plane crash on October 25, 2002 and former U.S. Senator and Vice-President Walter Mondale replaced Wellstone on the ballot.

Coleman was a Democrat-turned-Republican Mayor of St. Paul and Republican nominee for Governor in 1998.

Mondale was a former Attorney General (1960-1964), U.S. Senator (1964-1976), Vice President (1977-1981), Democratic nominee for President in 1984, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996).

Moore was a commercial banker from Minneapolis.

Tricomo was a nonprofit founder and director from Oakdale.

Kovatchevich was a systems analyst from Wayzata.


  • Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 2002 General Election Results.