MINNEAPOLIS — Votes for pro-marijuana candidates could be the difference in a pair of Minnesota state Senate races, where those candidates pulled in thousands of votes despite minimal campaigning efforts.
As absentee ballots continue getting tallied in critical swing races, Democrats say pro-marijuana candidates may have helped Republicans maintain control of the state Senate, which ironically hurts the recreational pot cause by preserving the state’s divided government.
But Republicans contend that some candidates with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party appeared to benefit from the third-party candidates.
Currently, only medical marijuana has been legalized in the state, the Star Tribune reported.
In the Senate District 14 race, neither the Republican or Democratic candidates had seen Legal Marijuana Now candidate Jaden Partlo while campaigning, yet he received more than 3,000 votes Tuesday. As of Friday afternoon, DFL challenger Aric Putnam was…