United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2016

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United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2016

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All 8 Minnesota seats to the United States House of Representatives

  Majority party Minority party
  Nancy Pelosi 113th Congress 2013.jpg Paul Ryan 113th Congress.jpg
Leader Nancy Pelosi Paul Ryan
Party DFL Republican
Leader since January 3, 2003 October 29, 2015
Leader's seat California-12th Wisconsin-1st
Last election 5 seats, 50.20% 3 seats, 46.53%
Seats before 5 3
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,434,590 1,334,686
Percentage 50.23% 46.73%
Swing Increase0.03% Increase0.20%

United States House of Representatives election in Minnesota, 2016.svg
Republican:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Democratic:      50–60%      60–70%


The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota were held on November 8, 2016, to elect the eight U.S. Representatives from the state of Minnesota, one from each of the state's eight congressional districts. The elections coincided with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections. The primaries were held on August 9.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2016[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic–Farmer–Labor 1,434,559 50.20% 5 5 -
Republican 1,334,679 46.70% 3 3 -
Legal Marijuana Now 57,911 2.02% 0 0 -
Independence 28,870 1.01% 0 0 -
Others 4,370 0.15% 0 0 -
Totals 2,860,389 100.00% 8 8
MN House Elections 2016, by county
MN House Elections 2016, by county

District 1[edit]

Democrat Tim Walz of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party defeated Republican Jim Hagedorn to retain his seat.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jim Hagedorn
  • Steve Williams

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Hagedorn 10,851 76.52
Republican Steve Williams 3,330 23.48
Total votes 14,181 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz 13,538 100
Total votes 13,538 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 1st Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz 169,074 50.34
Republican Jim Hagedorn 166,526 49.58
Write-in 277 0.08
Total votes 335,877 100
DFL hold

District 2[edit]

Republican John Kline has represented Minnesota's second district since 2003, but announced that he would not seek re-election in 2016.[4]

Jason Lewis won the district's Republican primary, defeating opponents Matthew Erickson, John Howe, and Darlene Miller. Democrat Angela Craig, who served as vice president of global human resources for St. Jude Medical, resigned her position in January 2015 to challenge Lewis.[5] Mary Lawrence, a doctor, also ran as a Democrat[6] but dropped out before the primary.

Election Projection stated that when Kline decided not to run in 2016, the district "immediately went from relatively safe to very competitive".[7] According to the Cook Political Report, the district has a rating of R+2, "almost perfectly" "purple".[7]

Commentators wrote that the election was "likely to be one of the most-watched congressional races in the country," (MinnPost[8]), "expected to be one of the most competitive in the country", according to Roll Call newspaper,[9] and "seen as a prime target for Democrats to flip" according to The Atlantic.[10]

Area left-wing weekly City Pages described the campaign as resembling the 2016 presidential campaign, calling Lewis "an entrepreneur and media personality, whose blunt rhetoric is refreshingly honest to some, simply offensive to others", and describing Craig as "a tough female leader with moderate positions, ties to big business, and a penchant for pantsuits".[11]

In May 2016, the Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report changed its rating of the race from "pure tossup" to "tossup/tilt Democratic,"[12] with political analyst Nathan Gonzales writing that Craig "is probably to the left of the district in her ideology, but she has a good story to tell, is raising considerable money (she had $1.3 million in the bank at the end of March) and is solid as a candidate."[12] As of May 2016, Election Projection predicted "Angela Craig by 4.7%".[7] Other political prognosticators rated the race "Republican Toss-up" (Charlie Cook), and "pure" toss-up (Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball"), according to MinnPost.[12]

Lewis ended up defeating Craig by several thousand votes in the November.[13]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Withdrawn
  • David Benson-Staebler, political consultant, former Democratic congressional aide and real estate agent[18][19]
  • David Gerson, engineer and candidate in 2012 and 2014[20][21]
  • Pam Myhra, former State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2014[22]
Declined

Endorsements[edit]

David Gerson

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Lewis 11,641 48.91
Republican Darlene Miller 7,305 30.69
Republican John Howe 3,244 13.63
Republican Matthew D. Erickson 1,612 6.77
Total votes 23,802 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Withdrawn
  • Roger Kittelson, dairy marketing specialist, nominee for WI-06 in 2008 and candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives in 1982 and 2014[38][39]
  • Mary Lawrence, ophthalmologist[40][41][42]
Declined

Endorsements[edit]

Angie Craig
Federal politicians
State politicians
Organizations

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Angie Craig 15,155 100
Total votes 15,155 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jason
Lewis (R)
Angie
Craig (D)
Paula
Overby (I)
Undecided
SurveyUSA October 13–16, 2016 600 ± 4.1% 41% 46% 12%
WPA Opinion Research (R-NRCC) October 9–10, 2016 400 ± 4.9% 36% 33% 26%
Gerstein Bocian Agne Strategies (D-Craig) August 13–16, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 42% 43% 9% 6%
WPA Opinion Research (R-Lewis/NRCC) August 14–15, 2016 400 ± 4.9% 39% 27% 7% 25%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Lewis 173,970 46.95
DFL Angie Craig 167,315 45.16
Independence Paula Overby 28,869 7.79
Write-in Others 360 0.10
Majority 6,655 1.79
Total votes 370,514 100
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Republican Erik Paulsen retained his seat, comfortably defeating DFL State Senator Terri Bonoff.

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Erik
Paulsen (R)
Terri
Bonoff (D)
Undecided
SurveyUSA October 10–13, 2016 579 ± 4.2% 49% 38% 13%
Clarity Campaign Lab (D-HMP) September 11–13, 2016 353 ± 4.34% 45% 42% 13%
DCCC (D) September 12, 2016 353 ± 5.2% 38% 40% 22%
Newton Heath LLC (R-AAN) August 9–11, 2016 402 ± 4.9% 57% 31% 12%
Victoria Research & Consulting (D-Bonoff) June 27–30, 2016 400 ± 4.9% 45% 45% 10%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erik Paulsen 223,077 56.70
DFL Terri E. Bonoff 169,243 43.01
Write-in 1,144 0.29
Total votes 393,464 100
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

Democrat Betty McCollum retained her seat over Republican challenger Greg Ryan.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Greg Ryan
  • Gene Rechtzigel
  • Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Ryan 5,618 81.98
Republican Gene Rechtzigel 845 12.33
Republican Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey 390 5.69
Total votes 6,853 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Betty McCollum 33,336 94.00
DFL Steve Carlson 2,128 6.00
Total votes 35,464 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 4th Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Betty McCollum 203,299 57.76
Republican Greg Ryan 121,032 34.39
LMN Susan Pendergast Sindt 27,152 7.71
Write-in 461 0.13
Total votes 351,944 100
DFL hold

District 5[edit]

Democrat Keith Ellison retained his seat, comfortably defeating Republican Frank Nelson Drake and a third party challenger.

Republican primary[edit]

  • Frank Nelson Drake

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Nelson Drake 4,177 100
Total votes 4,177 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Keith Ellison 40,380 91.72
DFL Gregg Iverson 1,887 4.29
DFL Lee Bauer 1,757 3.99
Total votes 44,024 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 5th Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Keith Ellison 249,964 69.07
Republican Frank Nelson Drake 80,660 22.29
LMN Dennis Schuller 30,759 8.50
Write-in 499 0.14
Total votes 361,875 100
DFL hold

District 6[edit]

First term incumbent Republican Tom Emmer defeated DFL candidate David Snyder.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Tom Emmer, incumbent U.S. Representative
  • A.J. Kern
  • Patrick Munro

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Emmer 13,590 68.74
Republican A. J. Kern 5,219 26.40
Republican Patrick Munro 962 4.87
Total votes 19,771 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • David Snyder
  • Judy Evelyn Adams
  • Bob Helland

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL David Snyder 4,402 46.02
DFL Judy Evelyn Adams 3,569 37.31
DFL Bob Helland 1,595 16.67
Total votes 9,566 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 6th Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Emmer 235,380 65.58
DFL David Snyder 123,008 34.27
Write-in 536 0.15
Total votes 358,924 100
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

Democrat Collin Peterson retained his seat, defeating Republican challenger Dave Hughes.

Republican primary[edit]

  • Dave Hughes
  • Amanda Lynn Hinson

Results[edit]

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Hughes 8,769 58.96
Republican Amanda Lynn Hinson 6,104 41.04
Total votes 14,873 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Collin Peterson 16,253 100
Total votes 16,253 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 7th Congressional district election, 2016 [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Collin Peterson 173,589 52.47
Republican Dave Hughes 156,952 47.44
Write-in 307 0.09
Total votes 330,848 100
DFL hold

District 8[edit]

Democrat Rick Nolan retained his seat, defeating Republican Stewart Mills III in the 2016 election. It was Nolan's second victory over Mills, who unsuccessfully challenged Nolan in the 2014 election.

Though Nolan's margin of victory in 2016 (2,009 votes) was too large to trigger a publicly funded automatic recount, Mills, as of late November 2016, has said that he plans to request and pay for a hand recount of all votes cast in the eighth district, as is his right under law. Mills plans to cover the cost of the recount—just over $100,000— himself. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota has not seen a recount in a race for the House of Representatives since the year 2000, when election day totals in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district fell within the half percentage point threshold, thus triggering a state funded recount. It is not known if Mills's request for a privately funded recount has precedent in Minnesota's electoral history, at least as it pertains to elections for the House of Representatives.[55]

General election[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Stewart Mills

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Rick
Nolan (D)
Stewart
Mills (R)
Undecided
SurveyUSA October 16–19, 2016 595 ± 4.1% 41% 45% 14%

Results[edit]

Minnesota's 8th Congressional district election, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Rick Nolan 179,098 50.17
Republican Stewart Mills 177,089 49.61
Write-in 792 0.22
Total votes 356,979 100
DFL hold

References[edit]

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