Minnesota's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tom Emmer Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michele Bachmann Republican Party
Michele Bachmann.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Lean 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 6th 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]

On May 29, 2013 incumbent, Michele Bachmann (R), who was first elected in 2006, announced she would not seek re-election in 2014.[7]

The 6th District includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka and Washington counties.[8]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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

Failed to file

District history

Race Background

The Minnesota sixth district was a close race in 2012, with Michele Bachmann securing a victory by a 1.2% margin. 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.[16] The district leans Republican with Cook Political Report giving it a Partisan Voter Index rating of R+8.[17] Both candidates ran as conservative choices, with Jim Graves offering himself as a less extreme option than Bachmann.[18]Bachmann faced declining voter approval, with 59% of voters saying they had an unfavorable opinion of her.[19] Michele Bachmann out spent her opponent, spending $22,725,128, while Graves spent $2,279,384.[20]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michele Bachmann as one of 10 they were targeting as a vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[21]

Previous Elections


The 6th congressional district of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michele Bachmann (R) defeated Jim Graves (D) in the general election.[22]

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" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Michele 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.[23]

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
  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. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/michele-bachmann-not-running-again-91972.html?hp=t1_3 Politico "Michele Bachmann not running again" Accessed May 29, 2013]
  8. Minnesota Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 30, 2012
  9. Campaign website, "About," accessed June 10, 2013
  10. Rollcall.com, "Second Republican Announces Bid for Bachmann Seat," accessed June 14, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014
  12. Campaign website, "About," accessed November 11, 2013
  13. Inform.com, "Krinkie joins 6th District GOP House race in Minnesota," accessed July 20, 2013 (dead link)
  14. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Running for Congress, in Georgia and three other states – at the same time," accessed November 12, 2013
  15. Politico, "Green activist Judy Adams to run for Bachmann seat," accessed June 14, 2013
  16. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  17. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed March 2013
  18. Jim Graves campaign site Accessed March 2013
  19. New Civil Rights Movement "Michele Bachmann's latest poll numbers are frightening" Accessed March 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Minnesota District 6 Summary, 2012" Accessed March 2013
  21. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" Accessed March 8, 2013
  22. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 11, 2011

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