Businessman Greg Orman tries to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he says see the GOP hopeful, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, as "incompetent and corrupt."
Christine Hallquist, a former utility executive, becomes the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor. She will face the Republican incumbent.
Democrats back a roster of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota reject a familiar face in the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with the president.
The Republicans and Democrats are two faces of the same failure. And there will be no real hope of rescue by third parties until the American system of electoral politics is rebuilt from the ground up.
With the November midterms on pace to shatter records for political spending, it's not just key battlegrounds seeing a surge. Restless donors are funding little-known campaigns in places they never have before to help underdog Democrats.
Sharice Davids, an attorney and activist, shatters the mold for a congressional primary winner from the ruby red state. She will face four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in November.
The combination of Russophobia and the Democratic Party's compulsion to criticize Trump's every action, even when he accidentally does something sensible, prevents the two largest nuclear powers from working together to create a safer world.