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United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in Minnesota

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Minnesota took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected eight candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's eight congressional districts.
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. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16. Voters could also have registered at the polls on Election Day, provided they bring requisite proof of residency.[1]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, two of the eight districts were considered to be in play. Those were the 2nd and 8th districts.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win three districts while Republicans would win one seat. It did not make a projection for the remaining four districts.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Minnesota tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (8 out of 16). The national average was 54.31%.

Eight U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Minnesota in 2012. 5 of those 8 (62.5%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic and Republican parties each held four of the eight Congressional seats from Minnesota.

Members of the U.S. House from Minnesota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 4 5
     Republican Party 4 3
Total 8 8

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the eight congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Betty McCollum Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Chip Cravaack Ends.png Republican 8
Collin Peterson Electiondot.png Democratic 7
Erik Paulsen Ends.png Republican 3
John Kline Ends.png Republican 2
Keith Ellison Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Michele Bachmann Ends.png Republican 6
Tim Walz Electiondot.png Democratic 1

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 8 seats up for election in 2012 in Minnesota. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Minnesota, District 1 Democratic Party Tim Walz 15.2% 335,880 Allen Quist
Minnesota, District 2 Republican Party John Kline 8.2% 358,446 Mike Obermuller
Minnesota, District 3 Republican Party Erik Paulsen 16.3% 382,705 Brian Barnes
Minnesota, District 4 Democratic Party Betty McCollum 30.8% 347,991 Tony Hernandez
Minnesota, District 5 Democratic Party Keith Ellison 49.3% 351,969 Chris Fields
Minnesota, District 6 Republican Party Michele Bachmann 1.2% 355,153 Jim Graves
Minnesota, District 7 Democratic Party Collin Peterson 25.5% 327,576 Lee Byberg
Minnesota, District 8 Democratic Party Rick Nolan 8.9% 353,663 Chip Cravaack

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Tim Walz
Republican Party Allen Quist
Tim Walz Democratic Party Tim Walz No
2nd Democratic Party Mike Obermueller
Republican Party John Kline
John Kline Republican Party John Kline No
3rd Democratic Party Brian Barnes
Republican Party Erik Paulsen
Erik Paulsen Republican Party Erik Paulsen No
4th Democratic Party Betty McCollum
Republican Party Tony Hernandez
Independence Party of America Steve Carlson
Betty McCollum Democratic Party Betty McCollum No
5th Democratic Party Keith Ellison
Republican Party Chris Fields
Keith Ellison Democratic Party Keith Ellison No
6th Democratic Party Jim Graves
Republican Party Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann Republican Party Michele Bachmann No
7th Democratic Party Collin Peterson
Republican Party Lee Byberg
Independence Party of America Adam Steele
Collin Peterson Democratic Party Collin Peterson No
8th Democratic Party Rick Nolan
Republican Party Chip Cravaack
Chip Cravaack Democratic Party Rick Nolan Yes

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.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Tim WalzGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allen Quist


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike Obermueller
Republican Party John KlineGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Dan Powers expressed an interest in running but did not file.[8]

Republican Party Republican Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Brian Barnes
Republican Party Erik PaulsenGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Betty McCollumGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony Hernandez
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Steve Carlson


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independence Party of America Independence candidate

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Keith EllisonGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chris Fields


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim Graves
Republican Party Michele BachmannGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

7th Congressional District

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

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rick NolanGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chip Cravaack


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


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