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Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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2012

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Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Kline 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 2nd 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: Heading into the election the incumbent is John Kline (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District covers the south Twin Cities metro area and includes Carver, Scott, Le Sueur, Goodhue and Rice counties.[5]

Race Background

The 2012 election race in Minnesota's second district was a extremely competitive, with John Kline securing victory with a 8.2% margin of victory. The district had formerly been considered a safe district with Fairvote evaluating the Republicans as having a 10% lead on Democrats in the district, but after redistricting in 2010, that lead dropped to 4%.[6] Kline spent nearly $2.50 for every $1.00 spent by his opponent, Mike Obermueller. In total, Kline spent $1,957,356 to Obermueller's $705,166.[7]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent John Kline as 1 of 10 vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014.[8]

Candidates

Republican Party John Kline, incumbent

Democratic Party Mike Obermueller[9]

Democratic Party Thomas Craft[10]

Democratic Party Sona Mehring (no longer running)[11]

Democratic Party Paula Overby[12]

Republican Party David Gerson[10]


Campaign contributions

John Kline

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

John Kline (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 8, 2013$565,590.33$257,742.07$(73,202.01)$750,130.39
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$750,130.39$482,707.84$(126,923.46)$1,105,914.77
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$1,105,914.77$370,085.09$(168,094.95)$1,307,904.91
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$1,307,904$450,588$(123,378)$1,620,031
Running totals
$1,561,123$(491,598.42)

Thomas Craft

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Craft's reports.[18]

Thomas Craft (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$0.00$22,230.00$(8,722.00)$13,508.00
Running totals
$22,230$(8,722)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, John Kline won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District of Minnesota. He defeated Mike Obermueller (D) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 54% 193,587
     Democratic Mike Obermueller 45.8% 164,338
     NA Write-in 0.1% 521
Total Votes 358,446
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Kline (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Shelley Madore (D) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline incumbent 63.3% 181,341
     Democratic Shelley Madore 36.6% 104,809
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 303
Total Votes 286,453

See also

External links

References

  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. Minnesota Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  6. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Minnesota," March 2013
  7. Open Secrets, "2012 Race: Minnesota District 02" Accessed March 2013
  8. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" Accessed March 8, 2013
  9. Mike Obermueller "Campaign website," accessed July 17, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Post Bulletin "Kline boasts $1.1 million campaign war chest," accessed July 17, 2013
  11. CaringBridge Founder Will Challenge Kline in 2014 Congressional Race April 15, 2013
  12. Huffington Post, "Paula Overby, Minnesota Transgender Woman, Will Run For Congress," accessed August 15, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Kline 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  14. FEC, "April Quarterly, Kline," accessed July 18, 2013
  15. FEC, "July Quarterly, Kline," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. FEC, "October Quarterly, Kline," accessed October 15, 2013
  17. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly, Kline," accessed February 11, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Federal Election Commission, "Craft 2014 Summary reports," accessed January 14, 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