United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Minnesota

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November 6 Election Winner:
Amy Klobuchar Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Amy Klobuchar Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Minnesota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run is June 5, 2012. The primary elections will be held on August 14, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Amy Klobuchar (D). First elected in 2006, Klobuchar is running for re-election in 2012.

Candidates

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [6]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Minnesota Senate
Month Rating
March 22, 2012[7]     
March 1, 2012[8]     
January 26, 2012[9]     
December 22, 2011[10]     
December 1, 2011[11]     

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Al Franken won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Norm Coleman, Dean Barkley (I), Charles Aldrich (L), James Niemackl (C), Michael Cavlan (I, Write-In), and Anthony Keith Price (I, Write-In) in the general election.[12]

U.S. Senate General Election, Minnesota, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAl Franken 42% 1,212,629
     Republican Norm Coleman Incumbent 42% 1,212,317
     Independent Dean Barkley 15.2% 437,505
     Liberterian Charles Aldrich 0.5% 13,923
     Constitution James Niemackl 0.3% 8,907
     Independent Michael Cavlan 0% 13
     Independent Anthony Keith Price 0% 12
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 2,340
Total Votes 2,887,646

2006

On November 7, 2006, Amy Klobuchar won election to the United States Senate. She defeated Mark R. Kennedy (R), Robert Fitzgerald, (I), Michael James Cavlan (G), and Ben Powers (C) in the general election.[13]

U.S. Senate General Election, Minnesota, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar 58.1% 1,278,849
     Republican Mark R. Kennedy 37.9% 835,653
     Independent Robert Fitzgerald 3.2% 71,194
     Green Michael James Calvan 0.5% 10,714
     Constitution Ben Powers 0.2% 5,408
     Independent Write-In 0% 954
Total Votes 2,202,772

See also

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