Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Erik Paulsen Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Erik Paulsen Republican Party
Erik Paulsen.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

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

Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd 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 Erik Paulsen (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is one of the wealthiest in the state, encompassing the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west and south of Minneapolis.[7]


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August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Campaign contributions

Erik Paulsen

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Paulsen's reports.[9]

Erik Paulsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$693,846.38$357,734.44$(108,422.37)$943,158.45
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$943,158.45$496,231.50$(142,405.24)$1,296,984.71
October Quarterly[12]October 14, 2013$1,296,984.71$379,712.72$(149,890.22)$1,526,807.21
Year-End Quarterly[13]December 31, 2013$1,526,807$293,074$(118,895)$1,701,994
April Quarterly[14]April 14, 2014$1,701,994.50$447,247.27$(170,105.75)$1,979,136.02
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,979,136.00$438,954.00$(218,937.00)$2,200,323.00
Running totals

District history


The 3rd congressional district of Minnesota will held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, which incumbent Erik Paulsen won.[15]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.1% 222,335
     Democratic Brian Barnes 41.8% 159,937
     NA Write-in 0.1% 433
Total Votes 382,705
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Erik Paulsen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Meffer (D) and Jon Oleson (I) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.8% 161,177
     Democratic Jim Meffer 36.6% 100,240
     Independent Jon Oleson 4.6% 12,508
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 167
Total Votes 274,092

See also

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