In his bid for a seventh term in Congress, incumbent Republican Congressman Gil Gutknecht faced off against Tim Walz, a high school teacher and the DFL nominee in this swing district based in southern Minnesota. In an upset, Walz upset Gutknecht by a narrow 15,000 vote margin of victory.
Minnesota's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline ran for a third term in this conservative district based in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Kline was opposed in the general election by Coleen Rowley, the DFL nominee and a former FBI agent, whom he was able to defeat by a comfortable margin.
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy declined to seek a fourth term in Congress, instead opting to run for Senate in the wake of then-Senator Mark Dayton's retirement. To replace him in this conservative-leaning district that encompasses the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities, including St. Cloud, State SenatorMichele Bachmann clinched the Republican nomination, while Patty Wetterling, a national advocate of children's safety and Kennedy's opponent from two years prior, emerged as the DFL nominee once again, and they were joined by Minnesota Independence Party candidate John Paul Binokwski. During the campaign, Wetterling attacked Bachmann for voting against increased restrictions regarding sex offenders, while Bachmann accused Wetterling of wanting to negotiate with terrorists, charges which they each denied. Despite polling that indicated that the race would be close, and in spite of the fact that this race was the most expensive House race in Minnesota, Bachmann defeated Wetterling by a surprisingly large margin, with Binkowski receiving about 8%.
Minnesota's 6th congressional district election, 2006
This conservative, rural district based in western Minnesota has been represented by DFL Congressman Collin Peterson since 1991, and this year, Peterson sought a ninth term in Congress. Despite the district's tendency to vote for Republicans at the national level, Peterson has been able to hold onto his seat with ease, and this year proved no different. Opposed by pharmacist Michael J. Barrett, the Republican nominee, and a few independent politicians, Peterson overwhelmingly won re-election, winning close to 70% of the vote.
Minnesota's 7th congressional district election, 2006
This liberal-leaning district, based in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota, has been represented by DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar since 1975, who was the state's longest-serving Congressman. This year, he sought a seventeenth term in Congress and faced former United States SenatorRod Grams, who lived outside the district and represented the 6th district in Congress twelve years prior. Despite Grams's high stature and name recognition, he posed no serious threat to Oberstar, who was re-elected in a landslide.
Minnesota's 8th congressional district election, 2006