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Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Erik Paulsen Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Erik Paulsen Republican Party
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Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Erik Paulsen 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, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2014. Voters could also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they brought requisite proof of residency.[2]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Erik Paulsen (R), who assumed office in 2009.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is one of the wealthiest in the state, encompassing the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis.[3]

This is the 3rd 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 Brian Barnes
Republican Party Erik PaulsenGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.1% 222,335
     Democratic Brian Barnes 41.8% 159,937
     NA Write-in 0.1% 433
Total Votes 382,705
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 1st District became more Republican because of redistricting.[5]

  • 2012: 48D / 52R
  • 2010: 49D / 51R

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 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of R+2, which was the 217th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 52-48 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 53-47 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Paulsen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Meffer (D) and Jon Oleson (I) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.8% 161,177
     Democratic Jim Meffer 36.6% 100,240
     Independent Jon Oleson 4.6% 12,508
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 167
Total Votes 274,092

Campaign donors

Brian Barnes

Brian Barnes (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$28,462.14$29,962.23$(27,583.37)$30,841.00
July Quarterly[9]June 30, 2012$30,841.00$107,012.26$(81,301.06)$56,552.20
Running totals
$136,974.49$(108,884.43)

Erik Paulsen

Erik Paulsen (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$1,072,167.99$337,777.55$(117,032.13)$1,292,913.41
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$1,292,913.41$454,647.11$(160,955.65)$1,586,604.87
Running totals
$792,424.66$(277,987.78)

John W. Howard III

John W. Howard III (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$0.00$3,609.18$(2,518.16)$1,091.02
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$1,091.02$3,080.00$(459.34)$3,711.68
Running totals
$6,689.18$(2,977.5)

See also

External links

References