In the first election since federal abortion protections were overturned, Walz and Simon championed track-records supporting abortion access, patients, and doctors.
St. Paul, MN— Against historic headwinds during a midterm election, Minnesota re-elects Planned Parenthood Action Fund champions Governor Tim Walz and Secretary of State Steve Simon. Both candidates ran for office clearly and strongly on their Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsements, in the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections.
“Minnesotans want to keep abortion legal in our state, and with tonight’s election results, we know we can,” said Tim Stanley, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund. “Abortion was one of the top issues in this election, and thousands of Minnesotans volunteered, donated, and voted to make sure we can protect reproductive rights. Abortion was on the ballot, and Minnesotans made their priorities very clear.”
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Political Action Fund ran its largest election program in history, investing in direct voter contact such as door knocking and volunteer phonebanks, digital advertising, research, volunteer engagement, and direct mail. The efforts resulted in more than 680 volunteer hours, 80,000 phone calls, 138,000 doors knocked, 159,000 mailers sent, and more than 27 million views of digital ads.
Governor Walz’s win makes this the 4th straight 4-year term of a pro-choice governor. Governor Walz has vowed to protect abortion access in Minnesota.
Founded in 2003, the Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Political Action Fund (PPMPAF) is focused on electing reproductive and sexual health champions. The political work of PPMPAF helps Planned Parenthood North Central States care for its patients and educate the community by ensuring our elected in state and national legislatures will protect and strengthen access to patient-focused health care, increase access to inclusive, medically-accurate sexuality education, and support laws Minnesotans need to thrive.