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

November 4 Election Winner:
John Kline Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Kline Republican Party
John Kline.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Likely R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[3]

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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%.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]


Republican Party John Kline, incumbent
Democratic Party Sona Mehring, founder and CEO, CaringBridge[11]

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.[17]

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" (dead link)


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.[18]

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

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Minnesota Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 30, 2012
  8. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Minnesota," March 2013
  9. Open Secrets "2012 Race: Minnesota District 02" Accessed March 2013
  10. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" Accessed March 8, 2013
  11. Washington Post "CaringBridge Founder Will Challenge Kline in 2014 Congressional Race," April 15, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014
  13. Huffington Post, "Paula Overby, Minnesota Transgender Woman, Will Run For Congress," accessed August 15, 2013
  14. Mike Obermueller, "Campaign website," accessed July 17, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Post Bulletin, "Kline boasts $1.1 million campaign war chest," accessed July 17, 2013
  16. Burnsville Patch, "CaringBridge Founder Will Challenge Kline in 2014 Congressional Race," accessed April 15, 2013 (dead link)
  17. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 3, 2011