Auditor State Executive Office

Elections: 1857-present. Elections for Auditor were held for three-year terms through the Election of 1881. A constitutional amendment was passed in 1883 requiring state elections to be held in even-numbered years beginning in 1886 with the winner of Auditor in 1881 serving a five-year term. Since 1886, Auditors have been elected to four-year terms. Primaries for Auditor were first held in September 1912. There have never been term limits for this office.

Most recent elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/2018 Auditor General Julie Blaha (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,250,524 votes (49.35%) and a winning margin of +6.13
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Julie Blaha Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,250,524 49.35
Pam Myhra Woman Republican 1,095,310 43.23
Michael Ford Man Legal Marijuana Now 133,913 5.28
Chris Dock Man Libertarian 53,068 2.09
Scattering Write-In 1,125 0.04

Blaha was a resident of Ramsey, middle school math teacher, former president of the Anoka-Hennepin Education Association, and first woman elected secretary-treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

Myrha was a certified public accountant from Burnsville and former state Representative (HD 40A, 2011-2013; HD 56A, 2013-2015).

Ford was a resident of St. Paul. By winning at least five percent of the vote, the Legal Marijuana Now Party received major party status in the state for the subsequent election cycle.

Dock was a resident of Minnetonka who worked in human resources and technology and was the Libertarian Lieutenant Governor nominee in 2014.

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11/04/2014 Auditor General Rebecca Otto (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 988,102 votes (51.51%) and a winning margin of +11.54
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Rebecca Otto Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 988,102 51.51
Randy Gilbert Man Republican 766,814 39.98
Patrick Dean Man Independence 76,845 4.01
Judith Schwartzbacker Woman Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis 55,132 2.87
Keegan Iversen Man Libertarian 30,397 1.58
Scattering Write-In 800 0.04

Auditor Otto was reelected to a third term.

Gilbert was an accountant from Wayzata and former Mayor of Long Lake (2005-2010).

Dean was a certified public accountant from Lake Elmo.

Schwartzbacker was a resident of Minneapolis, former college instructor, small business owner, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2018, and Grasroots-Legalize Cannabis nominee for the 8th CD in 2020.

Iverson was a resident of Rockford, former Minnesota National Guard member (2004-2010), and military contractor in Iraq.

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08/12/2014 Auditor Primary Rebecca Otto (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 149,628 votes (80.93%) and a winning margin of +61.86
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Rebecca Otto Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 149,628 80.93
Matt Entenza Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 35,258 19.07

Auditor Otto was renominated.



Entenza was an attorney from St. Paul, former Assistant Minnesota Attorney General (1990-1994), former state Representative (HD 64A, 1995-2007), and DFL candidate for governor in 2010.

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08/12/2014 Auditor Primary Randy Gilbert (Republican) won with 147,570 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Randy Gilbert Man Republican 147,570 100.00

Gilbert was an accountant from Wayzata and former Mayor of Long Lake (2005-2010).

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08/12/2014 Auditor Primary Patrick Dean (Independence) won with 5,500 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Patrick Dean Man Independence 5,500 100.00

Dean was a certified public accountant from Lake Elmo.

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