Minnesota's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Minnesota's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tim Walz Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Walz Democratic Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Tim Walz won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 5, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Minnesota has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 24, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012. Voters could also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they brought requisite proof of residency.[2]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Walz (D), who assumed office in 2007.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Minnesota's 1st Congressional District extends across southern Minnesota from the border with South Dakota to the border with Wisconsin. It includes Pipestone, Murray, Cottonwood, Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, Blue Earth, Le Seur, Brown, Freeborn, Steele, Mower, Olmsted, Fillmore, Winona, Wabasha, and Houston counties.[3]

This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Tim WalzGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allen Quist


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walz Incumbent 57.5% 193,211
     Republican Allen Quist 42.3% 142,164
     NA Write-in 0.2% 505
Total Votes 335,880
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Issues

Media

Republican candidate Allen Quist released the campaign ad below on October 7, 2012.[7]


Allen Quist, "Martha's Parents and the Marriage Penalty"[8]

Democratic candidate Tim Walz released his first campaign ad on September 24, 2012.[9]


Time Walz, "Goals"[10]

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Minnesota's 1st District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 48D / 52R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Minnesota's 1st Congressional District had a PVI of R+1, which was the 228th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 52-48 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 52-48 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Walz won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Randy Demmer (R), Steven Wilson (I), and Lars Johnson (Party Free) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walz Incumbent 49.3% 122,365
     Republican Randy Demmer 44% 109,242
     Independent Steven Wilson 5.3% 13,242
     Party Free Lars Johnson 1.2% 3,054
     Independent Write-In 0% 102
Total Votes 248,005

Campaign donors

Tim Walz

Tim Walz (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$617,176.28$217,744.61$(126,661.69)$708,259.20
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$708,259.20$237,921.02$(137,536.18)$808,644.04
Running totals
$455,665.63$(264,197.87)

Mike Parry

Mike Parry (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$29,182.86$17,109.09$(9,881.83)$36,410.12
July Quarterly[17]June 30, 2012$36,410.12$52,611.20$(58,412.86)$30,608.46
Running totals
$69,720.29$(68,294.69)

Allen Quist

Allen Quist (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$5,459.08$58,710.00$(4,770.70)$59,398.38
July Quarterly[19]June 30, 2012$59,398.38$178,230.00$(72,414.06)$165,214.32
Running totals
$236,940$(77,184.76)

See also

External links

References