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Minnesota's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Michele Bachmann Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michele Bachmann Republican Party
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Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th congressional district of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Michele Bachmann 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. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16. Voters could also register at the polls on Election Day, provided they brought requisite proof of residency.[2]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2012

Incumbent: Incumbent Michele Bachmann (R) assumed office in 2007. Bachmann ran for the Republican presidential nomination but ended her campaign on January 4, 2012. Subsequent to her withdrawal from the presidential race, a spokesperson for Bachmann said no decision had been made as to whether she would seek re-election.[3] However, on January 25, 2012, Bachmann announced she would seek re-election.[4]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. The 6th district includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka, and Washington counties. [5]

This is the 6th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.

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 Jim Graves
Republican Party Michele BachmannGreen check mark transparent.png


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann Incumbent 50.5% 179,240
     Democratic Jim Graves 49.3% 174,944
     NA Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 355,153
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Minnesota's 6th District was included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[7]

Impact of Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Minnesota's 6th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 42D / 58R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Minnesota's 6th congressional district has a PVI of R+8, which is the 134th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bachmann won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Tarryl Clark (D), Aubrey Immelman (I), Bob Anderson (I), and Dennis S. Ferche (I) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann Incumbent 52.5% 159,476
     Democratic Tarryl Clark 39.8% 120,846
     Independent Aubrey Immelman 1.8% 5,490
     Independent Bob Anderson 5.8% 17,698
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 178
     Independent Dennis S. Ferche 0% 3
Total Votes 303,691

Campaign donors

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$250,159.07$4,448.57$(8,944.90)$245,662.74
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$642,430.75$1,964,609.23$(882,040.2)$1,724,999.78
Running totals
$1,969,057.8$(890,985.1)

Bachmann reported raising $4.5 million in the third quarter, leaving her with $3.5 million on hand.[13]

Aubrey Immelman

Aubrey Immelman (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$58.45$0.00$(18.90)$39.55
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$39.55$600.00$(652.75)$-13.20
Running totals
$600$(671.65)

Jim Graves

Jim Graves (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$0.00$101,026.00$(16,000.00)$85,026.00
July Quarterly[17]June 30, 2012$85,026.00$412,925.00$(93,461.89)$404,489.11
Running totals
$513,951$(109,461.89)

See also

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