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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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

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


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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 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-registered by July 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21st day before Election Day).[7]

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.[8]

The 6th District includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka and Washington counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independence Party of America Independence Party Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race

Failed to file


Primary results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Emmer 71.9% 15,220
Rhonda Sivarajah 28.1% 5,938
Total Votes 21,158
Source: 76% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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.[17]

Michele Bachmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$2,007,568.95$678,665.51$(892,330.30)$1,856,904.16
July Quarterly[19]July 16, 2013$1,856,904.16$833,131.36$(889,576.51)$1,800,459.01
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$1,800,459.01$26,977.85$(86,502.59)$1,740,934.27
Year-End Quarterly[21]December 31, 2013$1,740,934$0$(-11,096)$1,767,236
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$1,767,236.38$1,273.92$(205,954.53)$1,562,555.77
Running totals
$1,540,048.64$(2,063,267.93)

Tom Emmer

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Emmer's reports.[23]

Tom Emmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[24]October 11, 2013$0.00$220,946.40$(22,035.64)$198,910.76
October Quarterly[25]January 30, 2014$198,910.76$158,270.50$(76,749.93)$280,431.33
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$280,431.33$247,082.71$(191,788.31)$335,725.73
April Quarterly[27]April 22, 2014$335,725.73$206,904.33$(289,892.43)$252,737.63
Running totals
$833,203.94$(580,466.31)

Jim Read

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Read's reports.[28]

Jim Read (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[29]January 30, 2014$0.00$33,778.00$(9,643.81)$24,134.19
April Quarterly[30]April 9, 2014$24,134.19$26,771.00$(16,734.49)$34,170.70
Running totals
$60,549$(26,378.3)

Joe Perske

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Perske's reports.[31]

Joe Perske (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$0.00$26,293.00$(15,798.80)$10,494.20
Running totals
$26,293$(15,798.8)

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.[33] The district leans Republican with Cook Political Report giving it a Partisan Voter Index rating of R+8.[34] Both candidates ran as conservative choices, with Jim Graves offering himself as a less extreme option than Bachmann.[35]Bachmann faced declining voter approval, with 59% of voters saying they had an unfavorable opinion of her.[36] Michele Bachmann out spent her opponent, spending $22,725,128, while Graves spent $2,279,384.[37]

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.[38]

Issues

Controversy

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.[39]

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."[39][40]

District history

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2012

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.[41]

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"

2010

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.[42]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann incumbent 52.5% 159,476
     Democratic Tarryl Clark 39.8% 120,846
     Independent Bob Anderson 5.8% 17,698
     Independence Aubrey Immelman 1.8% 5,490
     Write-in Dennis S. Ferche 0% 3
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 178
Total Votes 303,691

See also

External links

References

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  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
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