Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012
Minnesota
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November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
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All 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives
68 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Paul Thissen.jpg Kurt Zellers.JPG
Leader Paul Thissen Kurt Zellers
Party DFL Republican
Leader since November 4, 2010 June 23, 2009
Leader's seat 61B–Minneapolis 34B–Maple Grove
Last election 62 seats, 48.49% 72 seats, 50.44%
Seats before 62* 72
Seats won 73 61
Seat change Increase11 Decrease11
Popular vote 1,468,364 1,233,214
Percentage 53.74% 45.13%
Swing Increase5.25 pp Decrease5.31 pp

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     DFL win     Republican win*Includes vacant seat previously held by the DFL.

Speaker before election

Kurt Zellers
Republican

Elected Speaker

Paul Thissen
DFL

The 2012 Minnesota House of Representatives elections were held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 6, 2012 to elect the 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives for two-year terms to serve in the 88th Minnesota Legislature. A primary election was held in several districts on August 14, 2012 to nominate major political party candidates.

The social liberal Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) won a majority of seats, defeating the conservative Republican Party of Minnesota, which had a majority since the 2010 elections.[1] The DFL previously had a majority from 2007 to 2011. The new Legislature convened on January 8, 2013.

Results[edit]

Primary elections[edit]

District Party Candidates Votes  %
2B DFL Brita Sailer 1,188 100.00
Republican Steve Green 790 53.45
David Collins 688 46.55
4A DFL Ben Lien 853 74.30
Sue Wiger 295 25.70
Republican Travis Reimche 768 69.44
Ken Lucier 262 23.69
Benjamin Larson 76 6.87
6B DFL Jason Metsa 3,396 53.96
Lorrie Janatopoulos 2,590 41.16
Dave Meyer 307 4.88
Republican Jesse Colangelo 689 64.21
Dan Darbo 384 35.79
7A DFL Tom Huntley 3,337 81.51
Brandon Clokey 757 18.49
Republican Therese Bower 400 100.00
8B DFL Bob Cunniff 1,342 75.82
Bruce Campbell 428 24.18
Republican Mary Franson 1,167 100.00
10B DFL Joe Radinovich 2,422 76.00
David Schaaf 765 24.00
Republican Dale Lueck 1,538 100.00
11A DFL Mike Sundin 2,364 57.60
Bruce Ahlgren 1,740 42.40
Republican Jim Putnam 621 100.00
Independence Cory Pylkka 27 100.00
11B DFL Tim Faust 2,193 62.57
Nathan Johnson 1,312 37.43
Republican Ben Wiener 1,848 57.39
Mitch Pangerl 1,372 42.61
15B DFL Brian Johnson 480 77.80
Bruno Gad 137 22.20
Republican Jim Newberger 679 100.00
17B DFL Mary Sawatzky 1,994 65.92
Jessica Rohloff 1,031 34.08
Republican Bruce Vogel 689 100.00
Independence Zachary Liebl 63 100.00
24A DFL Craig Brenden 484 100.00
Republican John Petersburg 1,488 66.10
Larry Johnson 763 33.90
33B DFL Denise Bader 681 100.00
Republican Cindy Pugh 2,251 70.34
Steve Smith 949 29.66
35B DFL Sam Scott 497 70.80
Samuel Beard 205 29.20
Republican Peggy Scott 987 100.00
37B DFL Jon Chlebeck 522 100.00
Republican Tim Sanders 978 89.72
Torey Hall 112 10.28
43A DFL Peter Fischer 1,534 53.67
Bob Hill 1,324 46.33
Republican Stacey Stout 774 100.00
43B DFL Leon Lillie 1,224 100.00
Republican Kevin Klein 336 55.45
Bob Zick 270 44.55
51A DFL Sandra Masin 828 88.09
Milton Walden 112 11.91
Republican Diane Anderson 979 100.00
52A DFL Rick Hansen 1,242 100.00
Republican Joe Blum 704 53.74
David Meisinger 606 46.26
55B DFL Travis Burton 449 100.00
Republican Tony Albright 897 78.75
Tim Jesperson 242 21.25
59A DFL Joe Mullery 1,441 77.27
Marcus Harcus 424 22.73
Republican Cindy Lilly 225 100.00
59B DFL Raymond Dehn 877 37.15
Terra Cole 857 36.30
Ian Alexander 627 26.56
Republican Gary Mazzotta 98 55.37
Bill McGaughey 79 44.63

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[2]

General election[edit]

Summary[edit]

Summary of the November 6, 2012 Minnesota House of Representatives elections results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
#  % pp # ∆#  %
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 132 1,468,364 53.74 Increase5.25 73 Increase11 54.48
Republican Party of Minnesota 132 1,233,214 45.13 Decrease5.31 61 Decrease11 45.52
Independence Party of Minnesota 10 13,585 0.50 Decrease0.10 0 Steady
Constitution Party of Minnesota 2 3,626 0.13 Increase0.06 0 Steady
Ecology Democracy Party 1 1,423 0.05 Increase0.05 0 Steady
Independent 1 2,303 0.08 Decrease0.04 0 Steady
Write-in 9,918 0.36 Increase0.18 0 Steady
Total 2,732,433 100.00 134 ±0 100.00
Valid votes 2,732,433 92.60 Decrease4.13
Invalid/blank votes 218,347 7.40 negative increase4.13
Turnout[3] 2,950,780 76.11 Increase20.30
Eligible voters[3] 3,876,752
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State,[4][5] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library[6]

Results reflect the official results as certified by the Minnesota State Canvassing Board on November 27 and December 4, 2012.[7][8]

District results[edit]

District Candidates Party Votes  % Winner
Party
1A Dan Fabian Republican 11,146 60.17 Republican
Bruce Patterson DFL 7,370 39.78
1B Deb Kiel Republican 9,401 51.90 Republican
Marc Demers DFL 8,685 47.95
2A Roger Erickson DFL 10,730 54.60 DFL
Dave Hancock Republican 8,901 45.29
2B Steve Green Republican 9,759 50.96 Republican
Brita Sailer DFL 9,376 48.96
3A David Dill DFL 14,671 66.75 DFL
Jim Tuomala Republican 7,228 32.88
3B Mary Murphy DFL 14,366 64.93 DFL
Keith MacDonald Republican 7,727 34.93
4A Ben Lien DFL 10,011 54.80 DFL
Travis Reimche Republican 8,218 44.99
4B Paul Marquart DFL 12,637 65.23 DFL
Paul Sandman Republican 6,719 34.68
5A John Persell DFL 10,901 56.12 DFL
Larry Howes Republican 8,497 43.75
5B Tom Anzelc DFL 11,162 53.41 DFL
Carolyn McElfatrick Republican 9,707 46.45
6A Carly Melin DFL 14,589 70.79 DFL
Roger Weber Republican 5,989 29.06
6B Jason Metsa DFL 15,146 68.17 DFL
Jesse Colangelo Republican 7,012 31.56
7A Tom Huntley DFL 15,622 70.88 DFL
Therese Bower Republican 6,302 28.59
7B Erik Simonson DFL 12,450 62.49 DFL
Travis Silvers Republican 4,345 21.81
8A Bud Nornes Republican 13,190 62.77 Republican
Chester Nettestad DFL 7,800 37.12
8B Mary Franson Republican 10,642 49.98 Republican
Bob Cunniff DFL 10,630 49.93
9A Mark Anderson Republican 10,972 57.97 Republican
Don Niles DFL 7,922 41.86
9B Ron Kresha Republican 9,881 52.97 Republican
Adrian Welle DFL 8,751 46.91
10A John Ward DFL 11,789 56.98 DFL
Chris Kellett Republican 8,872 42.88
10B Joe Radinovich DFL 11,087 50.69 DFL
Dale Lueck Republican 10,764 49.22
11A Mike Sundin DFL 12,610 63.87 DFL
Jim Putnam Republican 5,931 30.04
Cory Pylkka Independence 1,164 5.90
11B Tim Faust DFL 9,396 51.23 DFL
Ben Wiener Republican 8,908 48.57
12A Jay McNamar DFL 10,092 47.49 DFL
Scott Dutcher Republican 9,837 46.29
Dave Holman Independence 1,305 6.14
12B Paul Anderson Republican 13,043 66.33 Republican
Rick Rosenfield DFL 6,611 33.62
13A Jeff Howe Republican 12,073 59.08 Republican
Richard Bohannon DFL 8,337 40.80
13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 12,076 60.22 Republican
Shannon Schroeder DFL 7,946 39.62
14A Steve Gottwalt Republican 10,269 53.90 Republican
Anne Nolan DFL 8,726 45.80
14B Zach Dorholt DFL 10,017 56.22 DFL
King Banaian Republican 7,749 43.49
15A Sondra Erickson Republican 10,027 52.36 Republican
Joe Walsh DFL 9,106 47.55
15B Jim Newberger Republican 11,414 57.77 Republican
Brian Johnson DFL 8,316 42.09
16A Chris Swedzinski Republican 10,991 56.72 Republican
Al Kruse DFL 8,363 43.16
16B Paul Torkelson Republican 11,243 56.14 Republican
James Kanne DFL 6,466 32.29
Jerry Pagel Independent 2,303 11.50
17A Andrew Falk DFL 10,489 53.86 DFL
Tim Miller Republican 8,956 45.99
17B Mary Sawatzky DFL 9,370 48.30 DFL
Bruce Vogel Republican 8,562 44.13
Zachary Liebl Independence 1,457 7.51
18A Dean Urdahl Republican 11,744 58.28 Republican
Nancy Larson DFL 8,372 41.55
18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 11,053 58.00 Republican
Logan Campa DFL 7,971 41.83
19A Terry Morrow DFL 17,263 97.65 DFL
19B Kathy Brynaert DFL 11,897 63.93 DFL
Thad Shunkwiler Republican 6,660 35.79
20A Kelby Woodard Republican 10,878 54.46 Republican
Ryan Wolf DFL 9,071 45.41
20B David Bly DFL 11,700 56.90 DFL
Brian Wermerskirchen Republican 8,843 43.00
21A Tim Kelly Republican 12,174 57.49 Republican
John Bacon DFL 8,969 42.35
21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 11,759 57.95 Republican
Bruce Montplaisir DFL 8,511 41.94
22A Joe Schomacker Republican 11,555 59.01 Republican
Eugene Short DFL 8,006 40.88
22B Rod Hamilton Republican 10,165 60.06 Republican
Cheryl Avenel-Navara DFL 6,745 39.85
23A Bob Gunther Republican 11,544 56.39 Republican
Kevin Labenz DFL 8,908 43.51
23B Tony Cornish Republican 16,278 96.25 Republican
24A John Petersburg Republican 9,906 52.18 Republican
Craig Brenden DFL 9,036 47.60
24B Patti Fritz DFL 9,988 56.71 DFL
Dan Kaiser Republican 7,608 43.20
25A Duane Quam Republican 11,056 54.55 Republican
John Vossen DFL 9,188 45.34
25B Kim Norton DFL 11,869 57.53 DFL
Melissa Valeriano Republican 8,725 42.29
26A Tina Liebling DFL 10,484 58.80 DFL
Breanna Bly Republican 7,306 40.97
26B Mike Benson Republican 12,427 57.10 Republican
Pat Stallman DFL 9,295 42.71
27A Shannon Savick DFL 9,743 47.70 DFL
Rich Murray Republican 9,090 44.50
William Wagner Independence 1,574 7.71
27B Jeanne Poppe DFL 11,486 62.78 DFL
Nathan Neitzell Republican 6,792 37.12
28A Gene Pelowski DFL 12,969 66.68 DFL
Adam Pace Republican 6,435 33.08
28B Greg Davids Republican 12,006 58.22 Republican
Ken Tschumper DFL 8,542 41.42
29A Joe McDonald Republican 13,002 61.94 Republican
Susann Dye DFL 7,954 37.89
29B Marion O'Neill Republican 9,654 50.15 Republican
Barrett Chrissis DFL 8,136 42.26
Eugene Newcombe Independence 1,429 7.42
30A Nick Zerwas Republican 12,723 63.74 Republican
Holly Neuman DFL 7,217 36.16
30B David FitzSimmons Republican 12,022 61.84 Republican
Sharon Shimek DFL 7,386 37.99
31A Kurt Daudt Republican 11,990 60.42 Republican
Ryan Fiereck DFL 7,823 39.42
31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 13,101 60.84 Republican
Louise Fay Woodberry DFL 8,391 38.97
32A Brian Johnson Republican 10,014 51.37 Republican
Paul Gammel DFL 8,601 44.13
Paul Bergley Constitution 851 4.37
32B Bob Barrett Republican 10,644 50.87 Republican
Rick Olseen DFL 10,251 49.00
33A Jerry Hertaus Republican 14,717 62.09 Republican
Todd Mikkelson DFL 8,963 37.81
33B Cindy Pugh Republican 13,211 54.36 Republican
Denise Bader DFL 11,053 45.48
34A Joyce Peppin Republican 14,386 64.24 Republican
Adam Fisher DFL 7,983 35.65
34B Kurt Zellers Republican 12,802 54.52 Republican
David Hoden DFL 10,652 45.36
35A Jim Abeler Republican 11,906 58.71 Republican
Andy Hillebregt DFL 6,755 33.31
Justin Boals Independence 1,587 7.83
35B Peggy Scott Republican 13,120 59.09 Republican
Sam Scott DFL 9,052 40.77
36A Mark Uglem Republican 10,691 51.00 Republican
Grace Baltich DFL 10,235 48.83
36B Melissa Hortman DFL 11,679 55.22 DFL
Andrew Reinhardt Republican 8,555 40.45
Andrew Kratoska Independence 891 4.21
37A Jerry Newton DFL 11,843 57.18 DFL
Mandy Benz Republican 8,830 42.64
37B Tim Sanders Republican 11,416 53.90 Republican
Jon Chlebeck DFL 9,723 45.90
38A Linda Runbeck Republican 12,197 58.00 Republican
Patrick Davern DFL 8,802 41.85
38B Matt Dean Republican 12,374 52.30 Republican
Greg Pariseau DFL 11,248 47.54
39A Bob Dettmer Republican 13,033 57.41 Republican
John Bruno DFL 9,638 42.45
39B Kathy Lohmer Republican 12,100 52.99 Republican
Tom DeGree DFL 10,707 46.89
40A Mike Nelson DFL 11,972 97.18 DFL
40B Debra Hilstrom DFL 12,024 71.24 DFL
Richard Cushing Republican 4,810 28.50
41A Connie Bernardy DFL 12,653 61.65 DFL
Dale Helm Republican 7,829 38.15
41B Carolyn Laine DFL 11,943 58.50 DFL
Laura Palmer Republican 5,669 27.77
Tim Utz Constitution 2,775 13.59
42A Barb Yarusso DFL 12,122 53.30 DFL
Russ Bertsch Republican 10,591 46.56
42B Jason Isaacson DFL 12,884 57.53 DFL
Ken Rubenzer Republican 9,462 42.25
43A Peter Fischer DFL 11,616 52.71 DFL
Stacey Stout Republican 10,374 47.08
43B Leon Lillie DFL 12,445 60.42 DFL
Kevin Klein Republican 8,111 39.38
44A Sarah Anderson Republican 12,114 51.22 Republican
Audrey Britton DFL 11,506 48.65
44B John Benson DFL 13,754 55.82 DFL
Mark Stefan Republican 10,848 44.03
45A Lyndon Carlson DFL 12,520 59.59 DFL
Jeff Pauley Republican 8,459 40.26
45B Mike Freiberg DFL 15,053 65.95 DFL
Reid Johnson Republican 7,740 33.91
46A Ryan Winkler DFL 15,249 65.89 DFL
John Swanson Republican 7,860 33.96
46B Steve Simon DFL 14,956 69.98 DFL
David Arvidson Republican 6,372 29.81
47A Ernie Leidiger Republican 12,938 62.53 Republican
Keith Pickering DFL 7,718 37.30
47B Joe Hoppe Republican 16,391 97.15 Republican
48A Yvonne Selcer DFL 12,458 50.34 DFL
Kirk Stensrud Republican 12,256 49.52
48B Jenifer Loon Republican 12,787 58.91 Republican
Tori Hill DFL 8,891 40.96
49A Ron Erhardt DFL 14,101 55.79 DFL
Bill Glahn Republican 11,139 44.07
49B Paul Rosenthal DFL 13,560 53.31 DFL
Terry Jacobson Republican 11,840 46.55
50A Linda Slocum DFL 12,036 62.14 DFL
Craig Marston Republican 5,864 30.28
Joseph Koch Independence 1,439 7.43
50B Ann Lenczewski DFL 14,800 65.27 DFL
Richard Bohnen Republican 7,836 34.56
51A Sandra Masin DFL 11,724 55.49 DFL
Diane Anderson Republican 9,354 44.28
51B Laurie Halverson DFL 12,210 51.88 DFL
Doug Wardlow Republican 11,298 48.01
52A Rick Hansen DFL 13,732 62.45 DFL
Joe Blum Republican 8,216 37.36
52B Joe Atkins DFL 14,493 66.02 DFL
Paul Tuschy Republican 7,430 33.85
53A JoAnn Ward DFL 11,932 56.19 DFL
Pam Cunningham Republican 9,269 43.65
53B Andrea Kieffer Republican 12,060 54.84 Republican
Ann Marie Metzger DFL 9,909 45.06
54A Dan Schoen DFL 11,069 54.82 DFL
Derrick Lehrke Republican 7,664 37.96
Ron Lischeid Independence 1,428 7.07
54B Denny McNamara Republican 12,493 57.43 Republican
Joanna Bayers DFL 9,228 42.42
55A Mike Beard Republican 10,008 54.55 Republican
Chuck Berg DFL 8,294 45.21
55B Tony Albright Republican 13,569 63.39 Republican
Travis Burton DFL 7,808 36.48
56A Pam Myhra Republican 10,905 53.93 Republican
Dave John Jensen DFL 9,278 45.88
56B Will Morgan DFL 10,685 50.32 DFL
Roz Peterson Republican 10,515 49.52
57A Tara Mack Republican 11,420 53.37 Republican
Roberta Gibbons DFL 9,941 46.46
57B Anna Wills Republican 11,906 53.18 Republican
Jeff Wilfahrt DFL 10,452 46.69
58A Mary Liz Holberg Republican 12,419 59.09 Republican
Colin Lee DFL 8,574 40.80
58B Pat Garofalo Republican 12,520 59.47 Republican
Jim Arlt DFL 8,512 40.44
59A Joe Mullery DFL 14,017 84.00 DFL
Cindy Lilly Republican 2,577 15.44
59B Raymond Dehn DFL 12,790 72.39 DFL
Gary Mazzotta Republican 3,346 18.94
Anthony Hilton Ecology
Democracy
1,423 8.05
60A Diane Loeffler DFL 17,021 81.87 DFL
Brent Millsop Republican 3,687 17.73
60B Phyllis Kahn DFL 12,472 77.98 DFL
Kody Zalewski Republican 3,392 21.21
61A Frank Hornstein DFL 19,663 80.22 DFL
Devin Gawnemark Republican 4,787 19.53
61B Paul Thissen DFL 19,748 81.39 DFL
Nate Atkins Republican 4,448 18.33
62A Karen Clark DFL 12,672 89.56 DFL
Kurt Hanna Republican 1,410 9.97
62B Susan Allen DFL 16,318 88.63 DFL
Tom Johnson Republican 2,025 11.00
63A Jim Davnie DFL 19,680 85.42 DFL
Kirk Brink Republican 3,289 14.28
63B Jean Wagenius DFL 17,181 76.38 DFL
Matt Ashley Republican 5,240 23.30
64A Erin Murphy DFL 17,828 78.77 DFL
Andrew Ojeda Republican 4,737 20.93
64B Michael Paymar DFL 17,273 72.11 DFL
Brandon Carmack Republican 6,612 27.60
65A Rena Moran DFL 13,263 84.40 DFL
Daniel Lipp Republican 2,387 15.19
65B Carlos Mariani DFL 13,176 77.96 DFL
Carlos Conway Republican 3,653 21.62
66A Alice Hausman DFL 14,160 62.97 DFL
Mark Fotsch Republican 6,984 31.06
Dave Thomas Independence 1,311 5.83
66B John Lesch DFL 11,504 79.20 DFL
Ben Blomgren Republican 2,951 20.32
67A Tim Mahoney DFL 10,533 77.84 DFL
Cathy Hennelly Republican 2,941 21.73
67B Sheldon Johnson DFL 11,318 75.77 DFL
John Quinn Republican 3,569 23.89

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[4]

Opinion polling[edit]

Poll source Survey period Sample size Margin of error Republican DFL Independence Other Undecided
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV November 1–3, 2012 556 LV ±4.2% 40% 48% 6% 6% 1%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 26–28, 2012 574 LV ±4.2% 40% 45% 8% 6% 1%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 12–14, 2012 550 LV ±4.3% 36% 45% 8% 3% 9%
Public Policy Polling October 5–8, 2012 937 LV ±3.2% 40% 52% 8%
Public Policy Polling September 10–11, 2012 824 LV ±3.4% 44% 47% 9%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV September 6–9, 2012 551 LV ±4.3% 38% 45% 6% 3% 9%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV July 17–19, 2012 552 LV ±4.3% 40% 45% 8% 2% 6%
Public Policy Polling May 31 – June 3, 2012 973 ±3.1% 36% 48% 16%
Public Policy Polling January 21–22, 2012 1,236 ±2.8% 39% 48% 14%
Public Policy Polling May 27–30, 2011 1,179 ±2.9% 40% 49% 11%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Jennifer (November 7, 2012). "DFLers end GOP control in Legislature after two years". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Results for All State Representative Races". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Minnesota election statistics 1950-2012 (PDF)". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Results for All State Representative Races, 2012". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Results for all State Representatives, 2010". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1951-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "State Canvassing Board Certifies Election Results" (Press release). Minnesota Secretary of State. November 27, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "State Canvassing Board Certified Recount Results for State Senate District 20 and House District 8B" (Press release). Minnesota Secretary of State. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 

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