Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Erik Paulsen Republican Party
Erik Paulsen.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Minnesota will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 3, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters needed to register on election day, or pre-register by July 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21 days days prior to the election).[7]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Erik Paulsen (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is one of the wealthiest in the state, encompassing the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west and south of Minneapolis.[8]


General election candidates

August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[10] Paulsen joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]

Campaign contributions

Erik Paulsen

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Paulsen's reports.[13]

Erik Paulsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$693,846.38$357,734.44$(108,422.37)$943,158.45
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$943,158.45$496,231.50$(142,405.24)$1,296,984.71
October Quarterly[16]October 14, 2013$1,296,984.71$379,712.72$(149,890.22)$1,526,807.21
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$1,526,807$293,074$(118,895)$1,701,994
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2014$1,701,994.50$447,247.27$(170,105.75)$1,979,136.02
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 3rd Congressional District of Minnesota will held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, which incumbent Erik Paulsen won.[19]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.1% 222,335
     Democratic Brian Barnes 41.8% 159,937
     NA Write-in 0.1% 433
Total Votes 382,705
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Erik Paulsen (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Meffert (D) and Jon Oleson (Independence) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen incumbent 58.8% 161,177
     Democratic Jim Meffert 36.6% 100,240
     Independence Jon Oleson 4.6% 12,508
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 167
Total Votes 274,092

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Minnesota Secretary of State Website, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Minnesota Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014
  10. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Paulsen 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  14. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  15. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  17. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  18. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  19. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013