1990 Minnesota gubernatorial election

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Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1990

← 1986 November 6, 1990 1994 →
Nominee Arne Carlson Rudy Perpich
Party Independent-Republican DFL
Running mate Joanell Dyrstad Marlene Johnson
Popular vote 895,988 836,218
Percentage 50.1% 46.8%

County Results

Carlson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Perpich:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Rudy Perpich

Elected Governor

Arne Carlson

The 1990 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1990. Independent-Republican Party candidate and challenger Arne Carlson defeated then Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Governor Rudy Perpich.

The Independent-Republicans initially nominated businessman Jon Grunseth. Just over three weeks before the election, two women alleged that, in 1981, Grunseth had requested they swim nude during an Independence Day party at his home and, when they refused, he attempted to forcibly remove their swimsuits. The girls were 12 and 13 years old at the time of the incident. In response, Carlson — the runner-up in the Independent-Republican primary — announced a write-in candidacy, backed by US Senator Rudy Boschwitz. Despite denying the allegations (but admitting to past extramarital affairs), Grunseth dropped out of the race on October 28, just over a week before election day. The Independent-Republicans replaced him on the ballot with Carlson that day.


1990 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent-Republican Arne Carlson 895,988 50.11% +7.02%
DFL Rudy Perpich 836,218 46.76% -9.35%
EarthRIGHT Heart Warrior Chosa 21,139 1.18% n/a
Grassroots Ross S. Culverhouse 17,176 0.96% n/a
Independent-Republican Jon Grunseth 10,941 0.61% n/a
Socialist Workers Wendy Lyons 6,701 0.37% n/a
Majority 59,770 3.34%
Turnout 1,788,163
Independent-Republican gain from DFL Swing


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