2018 Primary Election Grades

At this time, we have only released grades in certain contested primary elections. Our general election grades will be out following the primary.

The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus grades candidates while our connected political fund, the Minnesota Gun Owners PAC, endorses candidates.  The organizations share the same leadership and Board of Directors.

Our grades are based on a number of factors, including a candidate survey that was sent to each candidate, their public record of votes and statements, and grades from like-minded gun rights organizations. All grading recommendations are reviewed and approved by our board.

Our candidate survey covers a number of gun rights topics, including constitutional carry, self-defense law reform (stand your ground), licensing and registration, universal background checks, the right to keep and bear arms, and related topics. Generally, we do not post or release candidate surveys.

Candidates who received a "?" either did not submit a survey and/or lack enough of a public record for a grade to be issued. We'll continue to accept candidate surveys via e-mail at

Questions about grades can be directed to us via e-mail at For endorsement information, please visit the MN Gun Owners PAC Endorsements page of their website.


Name District Party 2016 Grade
Cal Bahr State Representative 31B GOP A
Tom Hackbarth State Representative 31B GOP A
Sue Larson State Representative 31B DFL ?
Kristin Robbins State Representative 34A GOP A- (P)
Brad Ganzer State Representative 34A GOP A- (P)
Dan Solon State Representative 34A DFL ?
Donzel Leggett State Representative 47B DFL ?
Greg Boe State Representative 47B GOP A- (P)
Vince Beaudette State Representative 47B GOP A- (P)
Brad Tabke State Representative 55A DFL F
Bob Loonan State Representative 55A GOP A
Erik Mortensen State Representative 55A GOP A (P)



The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus does not endorse candidates. For more information on candidate endorsements, please visit the Minnesota Gun Owners PAC website

Our Grading Scale

  • A+
  • A
  • A-
  • B+
  • B
  • B-
  • C+
  • C
  • C-
  • D+
  • D
  • D-
  • F

A (P) next to a grade indicates a provisional grade where the grade was based almost entirely on a candidate's survey due to their lack of public record / voting record on gun rights issues. 




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