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Minnesota's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Michele Bachmann Republican Party
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Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th 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 13 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by either July 22, 2014, to pre-register, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21st day before Election Day).[4]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

Incumbent: On May 29, 2013, incumbent Michele Bachmann (R), who was first elected in 2006, announced she would not seek re-election in 2014.[5]

The 6th District includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka and Washington counties.[6]


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  • Democratic Party Judy Adams[7]
  • Republican Party Rhonda Sivarajah-Anoka County Comissioner[10]

Campaign contributions

Michele Bachmann

Despite Bachmann's announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2014, her campaign committee is still reporting contributions and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Below are Bachmann's reports.[13]

Michele Bachmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$2,007,568.95$678,665.51$(892,330.30)$1,856,904.16
July Quarterly[15]July 16, 2013$1,856,904.16$833,131.36$(889,576.51)$1,800,459.01
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$1,800,459.01$26,977.85$(86,502.59)$1,740,934.27
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$1,740,934$0$(-11,096)$1,767,236
Running totals

Race Background

The Minnesota sixth district was a close race in 2012, with Michele Bachmann securing a victory by a 1.2% margin. Minnesota's 6th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[18] The district leans Republican with Cook Political Report giving it a Partisan Voter Index rating of R+8.[19] Both candidates ran as conservative choices, with Jim Graves offering himself as a less extreme option than Bachmann.[20]Bachmann faced declining voter approval, with 59% of voters saying they had an unfavorable opinion of her.[21] Michele Bachmann out spent her opponent, spending $22,725,128, while Graves spent $2,279,384.[22]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michele Bachmann as one of 10 they were targeting as a vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[23]



Integrity ad

Tom Emmer's appearance in an ad for Integrity Exteriors and Remodelers, Inc.

Tom Emmer has taken a significant amount of criticism for his appearance in an ad for Integrity Exteriors and Remodelers, Inc, a home remodeling company that he endorses after announcing that he is "running for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District," while standing in front of an "Emmer for Congress" sign.[24]

The ad raises questions about possible campaign finance issues, depending mainly on who paid for the ad. If the company paid for the ad, corporations are forbidden from donating directly to campaigns, so it may end up being a campaign finance violation.

Emmer's campaign claims they have asked Integrity to stop running the commercial because "[i]t was not Tom's intention for this testimonial to be used in a broadcast capacity or advertisement for the campaign."[24][25]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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The 6th Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michele Bachmann (R) defeated Jim Graves (D) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann Incumbent 50.5% 179,240
     Democratic Jim Graves 49.3% 174,944
     NA Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 355,153
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Michele Bachmann (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Tarryl Clark (D), Aubrey Immelman (I), Bob Anderson (Independence) and Dennis S. Ferche (I) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann incumbent 67% 159,476
     Democratic Tarryl Clark 23.2% 55,222
     Independent Aubrey Immelman 2.3% 5,490
     Independence Bob Anderson 7.4% 17,698
     Independent Dennis S. Ferche 0% 3
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 178
Total Votes 238,067

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State Website, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Politico, "Michele Bachmann not running again" Accessed May 29, 2013]
  6. Minnesota Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  7. Politico "Green activist Judy Adams to run for Bachmann seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  8. Campaign website, "About", accessed November 11, 2013
  9. Campaign website "About" accessed June 10, 2013
  10. "Second Republican Announces Bid for Bachmann Seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  11. "Krinkie joins 6th District GOP House race in Minnesota," accessed July 20, 2013
  12. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Running for Congress, in Georgia and three other states – at the same time," accessed November 12, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Bachmann 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. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  19. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed March 2013
  20. Jim Graves campaign site Accessed March 2013
  21. New Civil Rights Movement "Michele Bachmann's latest poll numbers are frightening" Accessed March 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Minnesota District 6 Summary, 2012" Accessed March 2013
  23. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" Accessed March 8, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 Bluestem Prairie, "Tom Emmer shills for Integrity Exteriors and Remodelers as a candidate running for congress," accessed October 1, 2013
  25. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Would-be Bachmann successor brings his own bizarro to the race," accessed October 1, 2013
  26. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013