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United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Minnesota

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November 6 Election Winner:
Amy Klobuchar Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Amy Klobuchar Democratic Party
Amy Klobuchar.jpg

Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Minnesota elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar (D) 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 may also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they bring requisite proof of residency.[2]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election would fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which was held by Amy Klobuchar (D). First elected in 2006, Klobuchar ran for re-election in 2012.

Election results

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar Incumbent 65.2% 1,854,595
     Republican Kurt Bills 30.5% 867,974
     Independence Stephen Williams 2.6% 73,539
     Grassroots Tim Davis 1.1% 30,531
     Progressive Michael Cavlan 0.5% 13,986
Total Votes 2,843,207
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 Amy KlobucharGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kurt Bills
Independence Party of America Stephen Williams
Green Party Timothy Davis
Independent Michael Cavlan


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independence Party of America Independence primary

Green Party Grassroots candidate

Independent Minnesota Open Progressives candidate

Race background

Democratic incumbent Senator Amy Klobuchar, first elected in 2006, ran for re-election in 2012. Also vying for the Class 1 Senate seat in the November 6th, 2012 general election was Republican nominee Kurt Bills, who defeated two opponents in his party's primary on August 14th, 2012, as well as three third party challengers: Independence nominee Stephen Williams, Grassroots' Timothy Davis, and Minnesota Open Progressives candidate Michael Cavlan.

Competitiveness

An analysis of 2012 Senate races conducted by The New York Times rated Minnesota as solid Democratic.[8]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report released race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There were seven possible designations:[9]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Minnesota Senate
Month Rating
November 1, 2012[10]     
October 4, 2012[11]     
September 13, 2012[12]     
August 21, 2012[13]     
July 12, 2012[14]     
May 31, 2012[15]     
May 10, 2012[16]     
March 22, 2012[17]     
March 1, 2012[18]     
January 26, 2012[19]     
December 22, 2011[20]     
December 1, 2011[21]     

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Al Franken won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Norm Coleman, Dean Barkley (I), Charles Aldrich (L), James Niemackl (C), Michael Cavlan (I, Write-In) and Anthony Keith Price (I, Write-In) in the general election.[22]

U.S. Senate General Election, Minnesota, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAl Franken 42% 1,212,629
     Republican Norm Coleman Incumbent 42% 1,212,317
     Independent Dean Barkley 15.2% 437,505
     Libertarian Charles Aldrich 0.5% 13,923
     Constitution James Niemackl 0.3% 8,907
     Independent Michael Cavlan 0% 13
     Independent Anthony Keith Price 0% 12
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 2,340
Total Votes 2,887,646

2006

On November 7, 2006, Amy Klobuchar won election to the United States Senate. She defeated Mark R. Kennedy (R), Robert Fitzgerald, (I), Michael James Cavlan (G), and Ben Powers (C) in the general election.[23]

U.S. Senate General Election, Minnesota, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar 58.1% 1,278,849
     Republican Mark R. Kennedy 37.9% 835,653
     Independent Robert Fitzgerald 3.2% 71,194
     Green Michael James Calvan 0.5% 10,714
     Constitution Ben Powers 0.2% 5,408
     Independent Write-In 0% 954
Total Votes 2,202,772

Campaign donors

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]March 31, 2012$4,611,466.46$1,016,244.75$(463,997.76)$5,163,713.45
Running totals
$1,016,244.75$(463,997.76)

Dick Franson

Dick Franson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]March 31, 2012$95.02$6,741.66$(6,741.66)$95.02
July Quarterly[26]June 30, 2012$95.02$8,731.84$(8,731.84)$95.02
Running totals
$15,473.5$(15,473.5)

Jack Shepard

Jack Shepard (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]March 31, 2012$15,134.15$100.00$(1,735.00)$13,064.00
Running totals
$100$(1,735)

Kurt Bills

Kurt Bills (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]March 31, 2012$0.00$45,567.64$(11,959.24)$33,608.40
July Quarterly[29]June 30, 2012$33,608.40$243,867.04$(212,808.64)$64,681.80
Running totals
$289,434.68$(224,767.88)

See also

External links

References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. Minnesota Secretary of State, "Registering to Vote," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. CSPAN Politics, "AP Election Results" August 14, 2012
  4. MinnPost, "GOP ready to go after Sen. Klobuchar but has a problem: no first-tier candidate," accessed January 5, 2012
  5. Jack Shepard campaign website Accessed January 5, 2012
  6. CSPAN Politics, "AP Election Results" August 14, 2012
  7. CSPAN Politics, "AP Election Results" August 14, 2012
  8. The New York Times, "Election 2012 Senate Race Ratings," accessed September 17, 2012
  9. Cook Political Report, "Our Accuracy," accessed December 12, 2011
  10. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," November 1, 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," October 4, 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," September 13, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," August 21, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  16. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  17. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  18. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  19. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  21. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006" accessed November 2, 2011
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Amy Klobuchar April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Dick Franson April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Dick Franson July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Jack Shepard April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Bills April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Kurt Bills July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012