Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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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.

Minnesota is one of 14 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]

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.[4]

Race Background

The 2012 election race in Minnesota's second district was a close race, 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%.[5] John Kline was however able to outspend his opponent, spending $1,957,356, which is about two and a half times as much as the $705,166 Mike Obermueller.[6]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent John Kline as one of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[7]


Republican Party John Kline, incumbent
Democratic Party Sona Mehring, founder and CEO, CaringBridge[8]

General election candidates

August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independence Party of America Independence Party Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race

District history


On November 6, 2012, John Kline won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd congressional district of Minnesota.[14]

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"


On November 2, 2010, John Kline won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Shelley Madore (D) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kline Incumbent 63.3% 181,341
     Democratic Shelley Moore 36.6% 104,809
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 303
Total Votes 286,453

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