Minnesota's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Minnesota's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
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Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Collin Peterson 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: Incumbent Collin Peterson (D), who assumed office in 1991, sought re-election.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 7th District covers almost all of the western side of Minnesota. It includes Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Penningotn, Red Lake, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin, Stevens, Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Stearns, Meeker, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Redwood, Lyon, Sibley, and Carver counties.[3]

The 7th District covers almost all of the western side of Minnesota.

This is the 7th 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 Collin PetersonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lee Byberg
Independence Party of America Adam Steele


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate


Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 60.4% 197,791
     Republican Lee Byberg 34.8% 114,151
     Independence Adam Steele 4.7% 15,298
     NA Write-in 0.1% 336
Total Votes 327,576
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

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 7th District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 45D / 55R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

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 7th Congressional District had a PVI of R+5, which was the 175th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 52-48 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 57-43 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Peterson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Lee Byberg (R), Gene Waldorf (I), and Glen R. Menze (I) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 55.2% 133,096
     Republican Lee Byberg 37.6% 90,652
     Independent Gene Waldorf 3.9% 9,317
     Independent Glen R. Menze 3.3% 7,839
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 193
Total Votes 241,097


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 72.2% 227,187
     Republican Glen R. Menze 27.7% 87,062
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 431
Total Votes 314,680


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 69.7% 179,164
     Republican Michael Barrett 29% 74,557
     Constitution Ken Lucier 1.3% 3,303
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 170
Total Votes 257,194


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 66.1% 207,628
     Republican David Sturrock 33.8% 106,349
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 280
Total Votes 314,257


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 65.3% 170,234
     Republican Dan Stevens 34.6% 90,342
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 237
Total Votes 260,813


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 68.7% 185,771
     Republican Glen Menze 29.3% 79,175
     Constitution Owen Silverston 2.1% 5,550
Total Votes 270,496


U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 71.7% 169,907
     Republican Aleta Edin 28.1% 66,562
     Independent Write-In 0.2% 473
Total Votes 236,942


Campaign donors

Collin Peterson

Collin Peterson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$676,126.68$117,166.32$(40,759.05)$752,533.95
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$752,533.95$191,174.29$(124,060.46)$819,647.78
Running totals
$308,340.61$(164,819.51)

Lee Byberg

Lee Byberg (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$128,636.69$51,071.65$(91,277.54)$88,430.80
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$88,430.80$153,449.70$(122,449.96)$119,430.54
Running totals
$204,521.35$(213,727.5)

See also

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