2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota

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2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota

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All of Minnesota's eight seats in the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party DFL Republican
Last election 5 seats, 57.53% 3 seats, 38.14%
Seats before 5 3
Seats won 4 4
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1
Popular vote 1,002,026 970,741
Percentage 47.93% 46.43%
Swing Decrease9.60% Increase8.29%
Map of Minnesota showing all eight districts

The 2010 Minnesota U.S. House of Representatives elections took place on November 2, 2010. All eight (8) congressional seats that make up the state's delegation were contested. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 112th United States Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013.

The 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial, 2010 Minnesota House elections and 2010 Minnesota Senate elections occurred on the same date, as well as many local elections and ballot initiatives.

The 111th congressional delegation from the U.S. state of Minnesota had five (5) Democratic Farmer Labor Party members (DFLers) and 3 Republicans. All the incumbents ran successfully for re-election, except District 8's Jim Oberstar, who was defeated in his bid for a 19th term. This left Minnesota with an even number of Democratic and Republican representatives.

Match-up summary[edit]

District Incumbent 2010 Status DFL Republican Independence Constitution
1 Tim Walz Re-elected Tim Walz Randy Demmer Lars Johnson
2 John Kline Re-elected Shelley Madore John Kline
3 Erik Paulsen Re-elected Jim Meffert Erik Paulsen David Dillon Harley Swarm
4 Betty McCollum Re-elected Betty McCollum Teresa Collett
5 Keith Ellison Re-elected Keith Ellison Joel Demos Bill McGaughey
6 Michele Bachmann Re-elected Tarryl Clark Michele Bachmann
7 Collin Peterson Re-elected Collin Peterson Lee Byberg
8 Jim Oberstar Defeated Jim Oberstar Chip Cravaack

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,002,026 47.93% 5 4 -1
Republican 970,741 46.43% 3 4 +1
Independence 84,816 4.05% 0 0 0
Constitution 2,492 0.11% 0 0 0
Others 30,516 1.45% 0 0 0
Totals 2,090,591 100.00% 8 8

District 1[edit]

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Democrat Tim Walz ran for re-election, challenged by Republican nominee Randy Demmer, Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson, and Party Free candidate Lars Johnson. Walz won the general election on November 2, 2010, with 49% of the vote to Demmer's 44%. CQ Politics rated the seat as 'Leans Democratic'. No primary elections were held in the 1st congressional district in 2010.[2]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Tim Walz (D) Randy Demmer (R)
Survey USA October 22–26, 2010 50% 41%
Grove Insight October 18–19, 2010 50% 34%
Survey USA October 12–14, 2010 47% 42%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 1st Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz (Incumbent) 122,365 49.34
Republican Randy Demmer 109,242 44.05
Independence Steve Wilson 13,242 5.34
Party Free Lars Johnson 3,054 1.23
Write-In Others 102 0.04
Total votes 248,005 100.00
DFL hold
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District 2[edit]

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Republican John Kline sought re-election to continue representing the 2nd district, which CQ Politics rated as 'Safe'. Kline won the general election on November 2, 2010, 63%-37%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Shelley Madore, former State Representative from district 37A (2007-2009)
  • Dan Powers

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Shelley Madore 19,990 54.74
DFL Dan Powers 16,528 45.26
Total votes 36,518 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • John Kline, incumbent U.S. Representative since 2003

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (Incumbent) 16,151 100.00
Total votes 16,151 100.00

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (Incumbent) 181,341 63.30
DFL Shelley Madore 104,809 36.59
Write-In Others 303 0.11
Total votes 286,453 100.00
Republican hold
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District 3[edit]

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Republican Erik Paulsen ran for re-election in the 3rd congressional district, which CQ Politics rated as 'Safe Republican'. Paulsen won the general election on November 2, 2010, 59%-37%. No primary elections were held in the 3rd congressional district in 2010.[2]

General Election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erik Paulsen (Incumbent) 161,177 58.81
DFL Jim Meffert 100,240 36.57
Independence Jon Olseon 12,508 4.56
Write-In Others 167 0.06
Total votes 274,092 100.00
Republican hold
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District 4[edit]

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Democrat Betty McCollum ran for re-election in the 4th congressional district, which CQ Politics rated as 'Safe'. McCollum won the general election on November 2, 2010, 59%-35%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Winning Percentage by Precinct
      Republican >= 40%
      Republican >= 50%
      Republican >= 60%
      Democrat >= 40%
      Democrat >= 50%
      Democrat >= 60%
      Democrat >= 70%
      Democrat >= 80%
      Democrat >= 90%
    Diana Longrie, former Mayor of Maplewood (2005-2009)
  • Betty McCollum, incumbent U.S. Representative since 2001

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Betty McCollum (Incumbent) 55,491 86.55
DFL Diana Longrie 8,622 13.45
Total votes 64,113 100.00

Independence Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Steve Carlson

Results[edit]

Independence Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Steve Carlson 1,550 100.00
Total votes 1,550 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Teresa Collett, law professor at the University of St. Thomas
  • Jack Shepard, fugitive, alleged arsonist, and former Minneapolis dentist who fled the country after allegedly attempting to burn down his own dental office[4]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Teresa Collett 6,949 67.20
Republican Jack Shepard 3,392 32.80
Total votes 10,341 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 4th Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Betty McCollum (Incumbent) 136,746 59.09
Republican Teresa Collett 80,141 34.63
Independence Steve Carlson 14,207 6.14
Write-In Others 332 0.14
Total votes 231,426 100.00
DFL hold
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District 5[edit]

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Democrat Keith Ellison ran for re-election in the 5th district, which CQ Politics rated as 'Safe'. Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress. Ellison won the general election on November 2, 2010, 68%-24%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Keith Ellison, incumbent U.S. Representative since 2007
  • Gregg A. Iverson
  • Barb Davis White, minister, author, and civil rights activist

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Keith Ellison (Incumbent) 55,424 81.55
DFL Barb Davis White 7,963 11.72
DFL Gregg A. Iverson 4,575 6.73
Total votes 67,962 100.00

Independence Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Tom Schrunk

Results[edit]

Independence Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Tom Schrunk 1,202 100.00
Total votes 1,202 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Joel Demos

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Demos 4,975 100.00
Total votes 4,975 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 5th Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Keith Ellison (Incumbent) 154,833 67.69
Republican Joel Demos 55,222 24.14
Independent Lynne Torgerson 8,548 3.74
Independence Tom Schrunk 7,446 3.25
Independent Michael James Cavlan 2,468 1.08
Write-In Others 229 0.10
Total votes 228,746 100.00
DFL hold
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District 6[edit]

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Democrat Tarryl Clark, the state Senate assistant majority leader, received the endorsement of the DFL Party and was the sole Democratic challenger to Bachmann's seat, Maureen Reed having dropped out of the race in June 2010. Reed, a former University of Minnesota regent chair and a physician, threw her support behind Clark saying she felt "it is time for the DFL to unify behind one candidate in this race".[5][6] Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson and independent Aubrey Immelman also ran. Michele Bachmann won the general election on November 2, 2010 by a margin of 52% to 38%.[7]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tarryl Clark 28,185 69.10
DFL Maureen Keennedy Reed 12,603 30.90
Total votes 40,788 100.00

Independence Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Bob Anderson

Results[edit]

Independence Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Bob Anderson 1,418 100.00
Total votes 1,418 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michele Bachmann (Incumbent) 17,237 100.00
Total votes 17,237 100.00

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Bachmann vs. Clark

Poll Source Dates Administered Michele Bachmann (R) Tarryl Clark (D)
Survey USA September 15, 2010 49% 40%
Survey USA ([1]) July 9–11, 2010 48% 39%
Public Policy Polling (Link) December 17–20, 2009 55% 37%

Bachmann vs. Reed

Poll Source Dates Administered Michele Bachmann (R) Maureen Reed (D)
Public Policy Polling (Link) December 17–20, 2009 53% 37%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 6th Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michele Bachmann (Incumbent) 159,476 52.51
DFL Tarryl Clark 120,846 39.79
Independence Bob Anderson 17,698 5.83
Independent Aubrey Immelsman 5,490 1.81
Write-In Others 181 0.06
Total votes 303,691 100.00
Republican hold
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District 7[edit]

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Democrat Collin Peterson ran for re-election in the 7th district, which CQ Politics rated as 'Safe'. Peterson won the general election on November 2, 2010, 55%-38%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Collin Peterson (Incumbent) 42,104 85.20
DFL Alan Roebke 7,315 14.80
Total votes 49,419 100.00

Independence Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Glen R. Menze

Results[edit]

Independence Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Glen R. Menze 2,242 100.00
Total votes 2,242 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Lee Byberg, business executive

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Byberg 11,417 100.00
Total votes 11,417 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 7th Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Collin Peterson (Incumbent) 133,096 55.20
Republican Lee Byberg 90,652 37.60
Independent Gene Waldorf 9,317 3.87
Independence Glen R. Menze 7,839 3.25
Write-In Others 193 0.08
Total votes 241,097 100.00
DFL hold
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District 8[edit]

United States House of Representatives, Minnesota District 8 map.gif

Jim Oberstar lost his bid for a 19th term on November 2, 2010 to Republican Chip Cravaack.[8] Cravaack won 48% of the vote to Oberstar's 47%. CQ Politics had rated the seat as 'Likely Democratic'.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 56,510 80.48
DFL W. D. (Bill) Ham 13,710 19.52
Total votes 70,220 100.00

Independence Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Timothy Olson

Results[edit]

Independence Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Timothy Olson 2,515 100.00
Total votes 2,515 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chip Cravaack 26,608 100.00
Total votes 26,608 100.00

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Jim Oberstar (D) Chip Cravaack (R)
SurveyUSA October 25–28, 2010 47% 46%
Public Opinion Strategies September 28–30, 2010 45% 42%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 8th Congressional district election, 2010 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chip Cravaack 133,490 48.18
DFL James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 129,091 46.59
Independence Timothy Olson 11,876 4.28
Constitution Richard (George) Burton 2,492 0.90
Write-In Others 132 0.05
Total votes 277,081 100.00
Republican gain from DFL
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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20101102/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/2010-08-10-p-man.pdf
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/sessions/electionresults/2010-11-02-g-man.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/20/support-jack-shepard-the_n_584138.html
  5. ^ Boldt, Megan. Reed drops out of 6th District race against Bachmann. Pioneer Press, June 6, 2010
  6. ^ "Minnesota: Reed Drops Out, Clears Field for Clark to Face Bachmann" Congressional Quarterly, June 6, 2010
  7. ^ "Results from Congressional District 06". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  8. ^ U.S. 2010 congressional elections results

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