Minnesota's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

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


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2014 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 4, 2014.

Incumbent Collin Peterson (D) continued to hold the seat he had occupied since 1990. He defeated challenger Torrey Westrom (R) in the general election.[4] Peterson had been able to maintain office representing the rural district for 14 years. Republicans were aiming to give Westrom a legitimate shot at unseating Peterson in a district that tended to lean towards conservative ideals.

Cook Political Report rated the district to likely "Lean D" given Peterson's tenure. September polls showed Peterson with a fair lead in the district, while Westrom hoped to make a surge to close the gap. In October, SurveyUSA displayed Peterson maintaining his lead over Westrom with a 50-41 lead.

Peterson's tenure and popularity in the region allowed him to accumulate a fair amount of wealth for his campaign coffers, which totaled much more than his challenger. Westrom, however, received more contributions as Republicans attempted to close the gap in the polls. Despite the additional contributions, Peterson more than doubled Westrom in cash-on-hand for campaign finances.

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.[5][6][7]

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 was October 14, 2014 (21 days days prior to the election).[8]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Collin Peterson (D), who was first elected in 1990.

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.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Elections

General election results

The 7th Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Collin Peterson (D) defeated challenger Torrey Westrom (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 54.2% 130,537
     Republican Torrey Westrom 45.7% 109,952
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 333
Total Votes 240,822
Source: Secretary of State 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[12][13] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[13] Peterson dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

Polls

General election polls

Collin Peterson vs. Torrey Westrom
Poll Collin Peterson (D) Torrey Westrom (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
October 3-6, 2014
50%41%10%+/-4.3545
Tarrance Group
September 21-23, 2014
45%40%15%+/-4.9402
Global Strategy Group
September 4-7, 2014
53%29%18%+/-4.9405
AVERAGES 49.33% 36.67% 14.33% +/-4.7 450.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

Collin Peterson

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peterson's reports.[14]

Collin Peterson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 10, 2013$34,416.62$164,981.11$(39,331.76)$160,065.97
July Quarterly[16]July 14, 2013$160,065.97$93,835.73$(48,803.80)$205,097.90
October Quarterly[17]October 7, 2013$205,097.90$82,852.40$(60,562.24)$227,388.06
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$227,388$164,634$(30,456)$357,686
April Quarterly[19]April 12, 2014$357,686.97$217,915.28$(52,951.76)$522,650.49
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$519,558.00$267,763.00$(70,062.00)$717,296.00
Running totals
$991,981.52$(302,167.56)

Torrey Westrom

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Westrom's reports.[20]

Torrey Westrom (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[21]January 31, 2013$0.00$84,346.63$(669.03)$83,677.6
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$83,677.6$136,924.2$(49,872.85)$170,728.95
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$327,789.00$36,080.00$(79,934.00)$283,935.00
Running totals
$257,350.83$(130,475.88)

Race background

Incumbent Collin Peterson (D), was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[23] The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Peterson's district ranked as the 5th most Republican (45% D).[24]

Peterson on Obamacare

Collin Peterson was one of 34 Democrats in the U.S. House to vote against the Affordable Care Act, informally known as "Obamacare," in 2010. Out of these 34 U.S. Representatives, Peterson was one of only four Democratic incumbents who both held their seats and decided to run for re-election in 2014.[25] Although Peterson consistently voted against full repeal of the bill, he sided with Republicans on about half of the healthcare bills voted on since 2011. While he does not support the bill as a whole, he maintained that there were some good aspects, and that a full repeal was not the best option because it "repeals pre-existing conditions, it repeals all the good stuff, kids on their parents’ policies, the Medicare donut hole … by doing that, you’re getting rid of the good stuff."[26] Peterson's challenger in the 2014 general election, Torrey Westrom (R), attacked Peterson for voting against repeal, saying that he "failed the hard working families, farmers and small business owners of rural Minnesota."[26]

District history

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2012

Incumbent Collin Peterson won re-election to the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[27]

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)


2010

On November 2, 2010, Collin Peterson (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lee Byberg (R), Gene Waldorf (I) and Glen Menze (Independence) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 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
     Independence Glen Menze 3.3% 7,839
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 193
Total Votes 241,097


2008

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


2006

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


2004

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


2002

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


2000

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


1998

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

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
  4. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Minnesota Secretary of State Website, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Minnesota Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 30, 2012
  10. Politico, "Democrat Collin Peterson to run again in Minnesota," accessed March 17, 2014
  11. Roll Call, "Republican Will Challenge Peterson in Minnesota," accessed December 5, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Hill, "House votes to condemn administration over Taliban prisoner swap," September 9, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 485," accessed September 10, 2014
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  16. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  19. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Torrey Westrom Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Torrey Westrom Year-End," accessed April 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Torrey Westrom April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  23. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  24. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  25. Politico, "Only 4 anti-Obamacare House Dems left for fall elections," accessed August 25, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 MinnPost, "Peterson's Obamacare voting record: no more 'ammunition' for GOP," accessed August 25, 2014
  27. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013