1990 United States Senate election in Minnesota

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United States Senate election in Minnesota, 1990

← 1984 November 6, 1990 1996 →
  Paul Wellstone.jpg RudyBoschwitz.jpg
Nominee Paul Wellstone Rudy Boschwitz
Party Democratic–Farmer–Labor Independent-Republican
Popular vote 911,999 864,375
Percentage 50.5% 47.9%

County results
Wellstone:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Boschwitz:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Rudy Boschwitz

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Wellstone

The 1990 United States Senate election in Minnesota was held on November 6, 1990. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz was defeated by Democratic challenger Paul Wellstone in a tight race. Widely considered an underdog and outspent by a 7-to-1 margin, Wellstone was the only candidate to defeat an incumbent senator in the 1990 election cycle and gained national attention after his upset victory.

Major Candidates[edit]




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Paul Wellstone 911,999 50.49%
Independent-Republican Rudy Boschwitz (incumbent) 864,375 47.86%
Grassroots Russell B. Bentley 29,820 1.65%
Total votes 1,806,194 100.0%
Democratic–Farmer–Labor gain from Independent-Republican

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