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Conservative Ranking


Minnesota is the 15th least conservative state, voting 6.0% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Minnesota's partisan trend is STEADY.

GOP Trend Ranking


Minnesota ranks 25th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Freshman Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is running for a 2nd term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Norm Coleman - Incumbent  

    DFL Candidates

  • Al Franken - Comedian  
  • Darryl Stanton - Businessman
  • Richard Franson
  • Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer - Professor

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races

    District 3
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Jim Ramsted is retiring at the end of his 9th term.  He is not seeking re-election in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Erik Paulsen - Minnesota State Representative  
  • Kurt Zellers - Minnesota State Representative

    DFL Candidates

  • Ashwin Madia - Iraqi War Veteran  
  • Terri Bonoff - Minnesota State Senator
  • Jim Hovland - Mayor of Edina

    Party nominee -

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    District 6
    Incumbent:  Freshman Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann seeks her second term in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Michele Bachmann - Incumbent  

    DFL Candidates

  • Elwin Tinklenberg  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Tim Walz (DFL)-inc vs. Brian Davis (R)
  • District 2:  John Kline (R)-inc vs. Steve Sarvi (DFL)
  • District 4:  Betty McCollum (DFL)-inc vs. Edward Matthews (R)
  • District 5:  Keith Ellison (DFL)-inc vs. Barb Davis White (R)
  • District 7:  Collin Peterson (DFL)-inc vs. Glen Menze (R)
  • District 8:  James Oberstar (DFL)-inc vs. Michael Cummins (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • July 15, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • September 9, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DFL
      Representatives 3 GOP, 5 DFL
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor GOP
      State Senate - DFL control 22 GOP, 45 DFL
      State House - DFL control 49 GOP, 85 DFL

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Tim Pawlenty (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Carol Molnau (R) - 2nd term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Norm Coleman (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Amy Klobuchar (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Tim Walz (D) - 1st term
  • House District 2:  John Kline (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 3:  Jim Ramstad (R) - 9th term (retiring)
  • House District 4:  Betty McCollum (D) - 4th term
  • House District 5:  Keith Ellison (D) - 1st term
  • House District 6:  Michele Bachmann (R) - 1st term
  • House District 7:  Collin Peterson (D) - 9th term
  • House District 8:  James Oberstar (D) - 17th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Weak DFL -- Weak DFL --

    Senate
    Class 1 Weak DFL -- -- Solid DFL
    Class 2 -- Weak GOP -- --

    Governor -- Mod GOP -- Weak GOP

    House 3 GOP - 5 DFL 4 GOP - 4 DFL 4 GOP - 4 DFL 3 GOP - 5 DFL
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Mod DFL
    CD-2 Weak GOP Strong GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-4 Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL
    CD-5 Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL
    CD-6 Weak DFL Solid GOP Mod GOP Mod GOP
    CD-7 Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL
    CD-8 Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL Solid DFL

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party changes not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2002 election.
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Minnesota Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate
    Norm Coleman - inc
    vs
    Al Franken
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 3 (open)
    Erik Paulsen
    vs
    Ashwin Madia
    Projected Winner
    House District 6
    Michele Bachmann - inc
    vs
    Elwin Tinklenberg
    Projected Winner
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