Trump Campaign Making Mad Dash To Qualify For The Minnesota Ballot (VIDEO-TWEETS)

Donald Trump may be running the least organized presidential campaign in modern history. The Republican nominee for president almost failed to qualify for ballot access in Minnesota. Records show Trump officially filed as a candidate there today, days before a state deadline.

Keith Downey, Minnesota Republican Party chairman, told the Pioneer Press that party officials hadn’t properly finished paperwork. A complete list of alternate electoral college voters hadn’t been submitted until this morning, the newspaper reported. The deadline to qualify is Monday.

Said Downey:

Until this week I was not aware that the secretary of state wouldn’t place our candidates on the ballot, even though that paperwork was submitted completely, until the electors were finalized.”

Apparently, campaign officials completed initial paperwork at the Republican National Convention in July. It was signed by state party leadership then. But on August 3, 22 days ago, the party learned that a list of 10 electoral college voters and alternates needed to be submitted to the Secretary of State in order for Trump to appear on the ballot. Downey told the Pioneer Press that party leaders selected alternates yesterday.

Even now, some Minnesota campaign experts complain that electors still weren’t elected properly, and that the Republican Party should not have appointed people to the positions. For example, former Minnesota Republican Party staffer Michael Brodkorb, has tweeted a storm for two days about sloppy work by the party.

 

It may not matter come Election Day. No major outlets list Minnesota as a swing state, and the last statewide poll tracked by RealClearPolitics, a Star-Tribune poll from April, showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading Trump 48-35 in the North Star State.

But with Trump trailing Clinton in most battleground states by wide margins, forfeiting a state with 10 electoral votes by not qualifying for the ballot would show a fantastic level of incompetency.

Candidates on Minnesota ballot.
Screenshot from Minnesota Secretary of State page on Aug. 25.

Presidential candidates who qualified for president in Minnesota before Trump include: Clinton; Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson; Green Party nominee Jill Stein; Constitution Party nominee Darrell Castle; Socialist Workers Party candidate Alyson Kennedy; Legal Marijuana Now treasurer Dan R. Vacek; American Delta Party candidate “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente; and independent candidate Evan McMullen.

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Jacob Ogles has been covering politics in the state of Florida for most of the past 16 years. His words have appeared in The Advocate, Liberal America, Wired and Vibe, as well as local media including SRQ Magazine and The News-Press in Fort Myers. He voted for Hillary Clinton eight years ago and is glad the country has finally caught up. Follow him @jacobogles.