A sample ballot of endorsed candidates sent out by the Republican Party of Minnesota to southern Minnesota voters failed to include GOP-endorsed 1st District candidate Aaron Miller's name, according to Politics.mn.
The ballot listed endorsed candidates running for statewide races such as governor and secretary of state, but did not include congressional races where there are primary challengers. Miller, a Byron Army veteran, is being challenged in tomorrow's primary by Jim Hagedorn, a businessman from Blue Earth. A similar situation happened in the 6th Congressional District, where ballots were sent out that did not include GOP-endorsed candidate Tom Emmer. He is facing a primary challenge from Rhonda Sivarajah.
Miller said "it was a shock" to find out his name wasn't on the sample ballot that was sent out, but as soon as Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey learned about the error, he called the Miller campaign to apologize. Downey also spent Sunday campaigning with Miller in southern Minnesota.
"It was an honest mistake and the chairman owned up to it," Miller said.
According to Michael Brodkorb's Politics.mn blog post, Downey sent an email to Republican activists apologizing to supporters of Miller and Emmer for the ballot mistake.