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Minnesota's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Minnesota's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Keith Ellison Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Keith Ellison Democratic Party
Keith Ellison.jpg

Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Keith Ellison 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: Heading into the election the incumbent was Keith Ellison (D), who assumed office in 2007.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Minnesota's 5th Congressional District includes portions of Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the central portion of the state.[3]

This is the 5th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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 Keith EllisonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Fields

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ellison Incumbent 74.5% 262,102
     Republican Chris Fields 25.2% 88,753
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,114
Total Votes 351,969
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 5th District saw no change in partisanship due to redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 71D / 29R
  • 2010: 71D / 29R

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 5th Congressional District had a PVI of D+22, which was the 42nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 75-25 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 71-29 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Ellison won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joel Demos (R), Lynne Torgerson (I), Tom Schrunk (I), and Michael James Cavlan (Independent Progressive) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ellison Incumbent 67.7% 154,833
     Republican Joel Demos 24.1% 55,222
     Independent Lynne Torgerson 3.7% 8,548
     Independent Tom Schrunk 3.3% 7,446
     Independent Progressive Michael James Cavlan 1.1% 2,468
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 229
Total Votes 228,746

Campaign donors

Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$142,016.86$234,601.75$(243,381.00)$133,237.61
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$133,237.61$262,269.02$(252,547.14)$142,959.49
Running totals

Chris Fields

Chris Fields (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$8,436.84$10,603.00$(14,082.30)$4,957.54
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$4,957.54$40,240.26$(11,415.67)$33,782.13
Running totals

See also

External links