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United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014

United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2014

November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)

All of Minnesota's eight seats in the United States House of Representatives
 
Party DFL Republican
Last election 5 seats, 55.48% 3 seats, 43.02%

The 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota will be held in the U.S. State of Minnesota on November 4, 2014, to elect Minnesota's eight representatives in the United States House of Representatives for two-year terms, one from each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, in districts that had to nominate major political party candidates. Minnesota voters have had the choice of candidates from both major parties in every U.S. House race for 144 consecutive U.S. House races across each of the last 18 general election cycles dating back to 1980 – the third longest streak in the nation. [1]

In 2014, Minnesotans elected its oldest U.S. House delegation across the 80 cycles since statehood, at an average age of 58.8 years: Rick Nolan (age 70), Collin Peterson (70), John Kline (67), Betty McCollum (60), Keith Ellison (51), Tom Emmer (53), Tim Walz (50), and Erik Paulsen (49).[2]


District 1

DFL incumbent Tim Walz has represented the 1st district since 2007.

Republican State Representative Mike Benson,[3] Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth and U.S. Army veteran Aaron Miller of Byron all sought the nomination to challenge Walz. Hagedorn and Miller had pledged to abide by the Republican endorsement while Benson did not.[4] On April 5, 2014, Aaron Miller won the GOP endorsement.[5] Benson and Hagedorn then withdrew, though Hagedorn re-entered the race on May 18, expressing concerns that Miller was not dedicating enough time to the race.[6]

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee
  • Tim Walz, incumbent U.S. Representative

Results

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz 19,983 100.00%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Jim Hagedorn, candidate for the seat in 2010[6]
  • Aaron Miller, U.S. Army veteran[4]
Withdrew
Declined

Results

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 12,748 53.98%
Republican Aaron Miller 10,870 46.02%
Totals 23,618 100.00%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tim
Walz (DFL)
Jim
Hagedorn (R)
Other Undecided
Harper Polling* September 9–10, 2014 437 ± 4.69% 38% 32% 31%
  • * Internal poll for the Jim Hagedorn campaign

Results

General Election Results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Waltz 122,859 54.19%
Republican Jim Hagedorn 103,536 45.67%
Totals 226,395 99.86%

District 2

Republican Representative John Kline was rumored to be interested in running for Governor of Minnesota or the United States Senate. Instead, he announced he would seek re-election. David Gerson challenged Kline for the Republican nomination but conceded after Kline won the Republican endorsement.[10]

The 2014 election in the 2nd district is expected to be one of the tightest congressional races in the country. Kline's district was one of 17 Republican congressional districts to vote for President Barack Obama in 2012, and polling data suggests a Democratic challenger could unseat Kline.[11]

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee
Withdrew
Declined

Results

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline 18,236 100.00%

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Mike Obermueller, who lost to Kline in 2012, is running.[12] He won the DFL endorsement on April 26, 2014.[15] Sona Mehring, the founder of CaringBridge, declared her candidacy, but dropped out of the race three weeks later.[16] Thomas Craft, who volunteered for Obermueller in the 2012 race, declared his candidacy in July 2013 and positioned himself as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal alternative to Kline and Obermueller.[17] Craft ceased his campaign after Obermueller won the DFL endorsement.[15] Eagan quality assurance analyst Paula Overby sought the DFL endorsement but withdrew after Obermueller won it and is now the Independence Party nominee.[18][15]

Declared
Withdrew

Results

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Mike Obermueller 12,361 82.50%
DFL Michael J. Roberts 2,622 17.50%
Totals 14,983 100.00%

Independence primary

Candidates

Nominee
  • Paula Overby, quality assurance analyst[20]

Results

Independence primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Paula Overby 461 100.00%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Kline (R)
Mike
Obermueller (DFL)
Other Undecided
Remington Research Group September 18–21, 2014 568 ± 4.1% 54% 32% 4%[21] 10%
Public Policy Polling October 21–22, 2013 825 ± 3.4% 38% 42% 20%

General Election Results

Minnesota 2nd Congressional District 2014 [22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (Incumbent) 137,777 56.04%
DFL Mike Obermueller 95,565 38.87%
Independence Paula Overby 12,319 5.01%
Write-In Others 185 0.08%
Totals 245,846 100.0%

District 3

Republican U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen considered running for Governor or the United States Senate in 2014. He announced he would seek re-election to the U.S. House instead.[23]

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee
  • Sharon Sund, businesswoman[24]
Declined

District 4

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee
  • Sharna Wahlgren[19]

Independence primary

Candidates

Nominee
  • Dave Thomas, educator/firefighter/iraq war Veteran[19]

District 5

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee

Independence primary

Candidates

Nominee

District 6

Republican U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann won re-election in 2012, defeating DFL nominee Jim Graves by approximately 1.2 percentage points, although fellow Republican Mitt Romney received 56% of the vote to Democrat Barack Obama's 41% in this district in the 2012 presidential election. Bachmann announced on May 29, 2013, that she would not seek re-election.[27] Graves, who had previously said he would run again, said he would continue to run.[28] However, on May 31, 2013, Graves announced that he was suspending his campaign.[29]

Former State Representative and [33]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tom
Emmer
Phil
Krinkie
Rhonda
Sivarajah
Undecided
Public Opinion Strategies* April 16–17, 2014 300 ± 5.66% 73% 4% 5% 18%

*Internal poll for the Tom Emmer campaign.

Results

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Emmer 19,557 73.3%
Republican Rhonda Sivarajah 7,125 26.7%
Totals 26,682 100%

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Joe Perske, Mayor of Sartell, Minnesota, is the DFL endorsed candidate and nominee. Judy Adams, a painter and environmental activist, and Jim Read, an author and professor of political science at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, both withdrew after failing to win the DFL endorsement.[36][37][38][39]

Candidates

Nominee
Withdrew

Results

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Joe Perske 10,070 100%

Independence primary

Candidates

Nominee

Results

Independence primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence John Denney 467 100%

District 7

The 7th district covers almost the entire western side of Minnesota. It is the largest district in the state and one of the largest in the country and includes the cities of Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Alexandria and Willmar. The incumbent is DFLer Collin Peterson, who has represented the district since 1991. He was re-elected with 60% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+6.

In 2013, Republicans began pressuring Peterson, in hopes of convincing him to retire. His seat is one of only a handful that is represented by a Democrat but was carried by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election and was seen as a top pick-up opportunity had Peterson retired. Their tactics included airing television advertisements, hiring a press staffer to give opposition research to reporters, hiring a tracker to follow him around his district and record him, and sending mobile billboards with critical statements on them to drive around his hometown. Peterson responded by saying "They don't have anybody else to go after. It's kind of ridiculous, but whatever."[40][41] After Republicans spread rumors that Peterson was planning to buy a house in Florida and retire there, he said: "I went from neutral on running again to 90 percent just because of this stupid stuff they're doing. You can't let these people be in charge of anything, in my opinion."[42] On March 17, 2014, Peterson officially announced that he was running for re-election, saying, "I still have a lot of work to do".[43]

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee
Declined

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee
Declined

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Collin
Peterson (DFL)
Torrey
Westrom (R)
Other Undecided
Tarrance Group* October 12–14, 2014 300 ± 5.8% 43% 44% 13%
SurveyUSA October 3–6, 2014 545 ± 4.3% 50% 41% 10%
Tarrance Group^ September 21–23, 2014 402 ± 4.9% 45% 40% 15%
Global Strategy Group** September 4–7, 2014 405 ± 4.9% 53% 29% 18%
Tarrance Group* February 3–5, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 46% 39% 15%

District 8

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary

Candidates

Nominee

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee

Green Party

Nominee
  • Skip Sandman

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Rick
Nolan (DFL)
Stewart
Mills (R)
Other Undecided
KSTP/SurveyUSA October 9–12, 2014 555 ± 4.2% 39% 47% 4%[46] 11%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner* September 25–28, 2014 405 ± 4.9% 48% 37% 7%[46] 9%

See also

References

  1. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (September 30, 2014). "No Free Passes: States With 2 Major Party Candidates in Every US House Race". Smart Politics. 
  2. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (November 13, 2014). "Minnesotans Elect Oldest Governor, US House Delegation in State History". Smart Politics. 
  3. ^ Carlson, Heather J. (June 17, 2013). "Benson to run for Congress against Walz".  
  4. ^ a b Baier, Elizabeth (September 4, 2013). "Hagedorn launches bid to challenge Walz".  
  5. ^ a b Carlson, Heather J. (April 5, 2014). "Miller wins Republican endorsement".  
  6. ^ a b Moniz, Josh (May 18, 2014). "Hagedorn re-entering 1st District race".  
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Results for All Congressional Districts, Primary Election".  
  8. ^ Juhl, Mary (June 15, 2013). "Thanks, but no thanks: Miller won’t take on Walz in ’14 but isn’t ruling out future run". Winona Daily News. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/USRepresentative/20
  10. ^ a b Zdechlik, Mark (April 5, 2014). "Rep. John Kline endorsed for seventh term".  
  11. ^ Mitchell, Corey (October 26, 2013). "Fierce re-election battle forecast for Kline".  
  12. ^ a b c Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (April 19, 2013). "Kline to seek re-election, not Senate or governor's office".  
  13. ^ Henry, Devin (December 9, 2013). "David Gerson launches second challenge to Kline".  
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Cahn, Emily (September 18, 2013). "Minnesota Politicians Wait for Kline, Peterson Exits to Ascend".  
  15. ^ a b c d e Salisbury, Bill (April 26, 2014). "Obermueller wins DFL bid to take on Kline".  
  16. ^ a b Boldt, Megan (April 24, 2013). "CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring drops out of congressional race".  
  17. ^ Bierschbach, Briana (July 10, 2013). "Kline gets a second DFL challenger: Thomas Craft". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ Magan, Christopher (August 11, 2013). "Eagan woman doesn't want gender identity to define impending run for Congress".  
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings, U.S. Representatives".  
  20. ^ Magan, Christopher (June 9, 2014). "Independence Party endorses Paula Overby for Congress".  
  21. ^ Paula Overby (I)
  22. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/USRepresentative/20
  23. ^ a b Diaz, Kevin (May 13, 2013). "U.S. Rep. Paulsen rules out run for Minnesota governor or U.S. Senate".  
  24. ^ Zdechlik, Mark (March 13, 2014). "Plymouth businesswoman announces run in 3rd Congressional District".  
  25. ^ Brucato, Cyndy (November 7, 2013). "Possible challenger to Paulsen surfaces".  
  26. ^ "Former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby won't run for Congress".  
  27. ^ a b Henry, Devin (May 29, 2013). "Michele Bachmann announces she will not run for re-election".  
  28. ^ Henry, Devin (May 29, 2013). "Graves: Strategy won't change with Bachmann out of the race".  
  29. ^ a b Black, Eric (May 31, 2013). "With Bachmann not running, Jim Graves pulls out of 6th District race".  
  30. ^ a b Salisbury, Bill (June 5, 2013). "Tom Emmer announces candidacy for Congress".  
  31. ^ a b Belden, Doug (June 12, 2013). "Bachmann's seat has 3rd contender: Rhonda Sivarajah, Anoka County commissioner".  
  32. ^ "Republican Phil Krinkie to run for Bachmann's Sixth District seat".  
  33. ^ a b Galloway, Jim (November 6, 2013). "Running for Congress, in Georgia and three other states – at the same time".  
  34. ^ Kimball, Joe (June 3, 2014). "Phil Krinkie drops out of GOP 6th District congressional race".  
  35. ^ Sommerhauser, Mark (January 3, 2014). "Pederson drops 6th District run, says he's undecided on whom to endorse". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ a b Durkin, Mike (June 10, 2013). "Democrat Judy Adams jumps into 6th District race".  
  37. ^ a b Sommerhauser, Mark (January 14, 2014). "Perske makes run for 6th District seat official". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b Budig, T.W. (November 1, 2013). "Political science professor enters 6th District race". Morrison County Record. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  39. ^ a b c Sommerhauser, Mark (May 3, 2014). "Perske gets DFL endorsement in 6th District". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  40. ^ Neely, Brett (May 28, 2013). "GOP pokes at Peterson on healthcare and the IRS".  
  41. ^ Wilson, Reid (May 23, 2013). "Parties Push For House Retirements".  
  42. ^ Neely, Brett (June 6, 2013). "Peterson says GOP efforts to push him out having the opposite effect".  
  43. ^ a b Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (March 17, 2014). "Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will run again".  
  44. ^ Henry, David (December 4, 2013). "State Sen. Torrey Westrom to challenge Collin Peterson".  
  45. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (June 25, 2013). "Mills Fleet Farm executive to vie for Congress".  
  46. ^ a b Ray "Skip" Sandman (G)

External links

  • Elections & Voting - Minnesota Secretary of State
  • U.S. House elections in Minnesota, 2014 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
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