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Minnesota's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Collin Peterson Democratic Party
Collin Peterson.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

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

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

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The 7th 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 Collin Peterson (D), who was first elected in 1990.

The 7th District covers almost all of the western side of Minnesota. It includes Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Penningotn, Red Lake, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena, Todd, Traverse, Wilkin, Stevens, Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Stearns, Meeker, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Redwood, Lyon, Sibley and Carver counties.[7]


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August 12, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Race background

Incumbent Collin Peterson (D), is one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[10] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Peterson's district ranks as the 5th most Republican (45% D).[11]

District history


Incumbent Collin Peterson won re-election to the 7th congressional district of Minnesota U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.[12]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 60.4% 197,791
     Republican Lee Byberg 34.8% 114,151
     Independence Adam Steele 4.7% 15,298
     NA Write-in 0.1% 336
Total Votes 327,576
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Collin Peterson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Lee Byberg (R), Gene Waldorf (I), and Glen R. Menze (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollin Peterson Incumbent 55.2% 133,096
     Republican Lee Byberg 37.6% 90,652
     Independent Gene Waldorf 3.9% 9,317
     Independent Glen R. Menze 3.3% 7,839
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 193
Total Votes 241,097

See also

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