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Minnesota Secretary of State - Elections
2006 Minnesota Congressional and Statewide Races
Primary Filing Deadline: 7/18/06, Primary: 9/12/06, Independent Filing Deadline: 7/18/06, General Election 11/7/06,
Last Updated: December 2, 2006
Predictions, Notes, List of State Parties,
Governor, 44.4% in '02, 1st term, Polls
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democrat, Chris Cillizza: 8th Most Likely Governorship to Switch Party, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: No Clear Favorite, Cook Political Report: Toss Up, New York Times Ratings: Toss Up, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans Republican, Rothenberg Political Report: Toss-Up, Chuck Todd: 8th Most Vulnerable Governor,
Att. Gen. Mike Hatch (DFL) 45.7%, Tim Pawlenty (R) 46.7%, ex-St. Fin. Comm'r. Peter Hutchinson (Ind) 6.4%,
Ken Pentel (G) 0.5%,
Quit Raising Taxes Party Walt E. Brown (I) 0.4%,
'00 Senate Candidate / '02 Gov. candidate / environmental activist Leslie Davis (I) 0.2%,
write in votes 0.0%, David Hoch (Resource Party), New Generation Party candidate Phillip C. Parrish (I), Bar Owner Sue Jeffers (L/WI) 0%, Murphy Wentworth (WI), David W. Hinkley (WI), Nelson F. Gonzalez (SW/WI) 0.0%,
Lt. Governor - Tied with Gov., 44.4% in '02, 1st term, next election in 2006
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democrat,
ex-St. Auditor Judi Dutcher (DFL) 45.7%, Carol Molnau (R) 46.7%, ex-Univ. of MN Board of Regent chair / Dr. Maureen Reed (Ind) 6.4%,
environmental activist Danene Provencher (G) 0.5%,
Quit Raising Taxes Party Wesley C. Nelson (I) 0.4%,
Gregory Soderberg (I) 0.2%,
immigration reform advocate Ruthie Hendrycks (L/WI), New Generation Party candidate Kirk Kuchera (WI), Lucy Amell (WI), Patricia Olson (WI), Tom Baumann (SW/WI),
Attorney General, 54.6% in '02, 2nd term, next election in 2006, Mike Hatch (DFL) running for Governor
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic,
Sol. Gen. Lori Swanson (DFL) 53.2%, St. Rep. Jeff Johnson (R) 40.7%, ex-st. revenue comm'r. John James (Ind) 4.1%,
community activist John "Papa" Kolstad (G) 1.9%,
write in 0.1%,
Secretary of State, 47.6% in '02, 2nd term, barred from 3rd term,
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic,
non-profit director Mark Ritchie (DFL) 49.1%, Mary Kiffmeyer (R) 44.2%, attorney Bruce Kennedy (I) 3.7%,
econ. dev. dir. Joel Spoonheim (Ind) 3.0%,
write in votes 0.1%,
Auditor, 44.6% in '02, 1st term, next election in 2006
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Republican,
ex-St. Rep. Rebecca Otto (DFL) 51.9%, Patricia Anderson Awada (R) 41.1%, deputy police chief Lucy Gerold (Ind) 4.6%,
sociology instructor / '02 nominee Dave Berger (G) 2.3%,
write-in votes 0.1%,
Senator 48.8% in '00, Mark Dayton (DFL) retiring after 1st term, Polls
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Democrat Favored, Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat, Evans & Novack's Outlook: Likely Democratic, New York Times Ratings: Leaning Democratic, Roll Call Analysis: Leans Democratic, Rothenberg Political Report: Safe Democrat, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean Democrat, Chuck Todd: 12th most vulnerable Senator, Scott Rasmussen's Balance of Power: Democrat,
Co. Att. Amy Klobuchar (DFL) 58.1%, U.S. Rep. Mark R. Kennedy (R) 37.9%, Public Access TV Show dir. Robert Fitzgerald (Ind) 3.2%,
nurse Michael Calvan (G) 0.5%,
Ben Powers (C) 0.3%,
write in votes 0.0%, engineer Charles Aldrich (L/WI), '04 congressional candidate consultant Peter Idusogie (WI) 0.0%, Rebecca Williamson (SW/WI) 0.0%, Jeff Miller (NU/WI) 0.0%,
1st Congressional District, 59.6% in '04, 6th term, Polls
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Republican, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Leans Republican, Cook Political Report: Toss up, New York Times Ratings: Leaning Republican, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Leans Republican, Roll Call Analysis: Leans Republican, Rothenberg Political Report: Toss-Up, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely Republican, Chuck Todd: 34th Most Vulnerable House Seat, Washington Post's Countdown: Tossup,
teacher / Iraqi veteran Tim Walz (DFL) 52.7%, Gil Gutknecht Jr. (R) 47.1%, write in votes 0.1%, Stephen Williams (WI) 0.0%,
2nd Congressional District, 56.4% in '04, 2nd term, Polls
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Republican, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Republican Favored, Cook Political Report: Solid Republican, New York Times Ratings: Safe Republican, Roll Call Analysis: Likely Republican, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely Republican,
ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley (DFL) 40.0%, John Kline (R) 56.2%, Doug Williams (Ind) 3.7%,
write in votes 0.0%,
3rd Congressional District, 64.6% in '04, 8th term
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Republican, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Safe Republican, Cook Political Report: Solid Republican, New York Times Ratings: Safe Republican, Roll Call Analysis: Safe Republican,
radio host Wendy Pareene Wilde (DFL) 35.0%, Jim Ramstad (R) 64.9%, write in votes 0.1%,
4th Congressional District, 57.5% in '04, 3rd term
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Safe Democratic, Cook Political Report: Solid Democrat, New York Times Ratings: Safe Democrat, Roll Call Analysis: Safe Democratic,
Betty McCollum (DFL) 69.5%, hydrologist / civil engineer Ogbazghi "Obi" Sium (R) 30.2%, write in votes 0.2%, Tom Fiske (SW/WI) 0.0%,
5th Congressional District, 69.7% in '04, Martin Olav Sabo (DFL) retiring after 14th term,
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Safe Democratic, Cook Political Report: Solid Democrat, New York Times Ratings: Safe Democrat, Roll Call Analysis: Safe Democratic,
St. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL) 55.6%, college lecturer / consultant Alan Fine (R) 21.3%, ex-Democratic congressional aide / travel industry executive Tammy Lee (Ind) 21.0%,
'02 California Congressional candidate / '04 nominee / artist Jay Pond (G) 1.9%,
write in votes 0.1%, Julian Santana (SW/WI) 0.0%, Larry Leininger (WI) 0.0%,
6th Congressional District, 54.0% in '04, 3rd term, Mark R. Kennedy (R) running for Senate, Polls
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: No Clear Favorite, Cook Political Report: Toss Up, Evans & Novack's Outlook: Leans Republican, New York Times Ratings: Toss Up, Roll Call Analysis: Tossup, Rothenberg Political Report: Toss-Up, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss-Up, Chuck Todd: 40th Most Vulnerable House Seat, Washington Post's Countdown: Leans Republican,
'04 nominee missing children advocate Patty Wetterling (DFL) 42.1%, St. Sen. Michele M. Bachmann (R) 50.1%, construction project manager John Binkowski (Ind) 7.8%,
write in votes 0.1%,
7th Congressional District, 66.1% in '04, 8th term
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Safe Democratic, Cook Political Report: Solid Democrat, New York Times Ratings: Safe Democrat, Roll Call Analysis: Safe Democratic,
Collin C. Peterson (DFL) 69.7%, pharmacist Mike Barrett (R) 29.0%, retired postal carrier Ken Lucier (C) 1.3%,
write in votes 0.1%,
8th Congressional District, 65.2% in '04, 16th term,
D.C.'s Political Report's Rating: Democratic, Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard: Safe Democratic, Cook Political Report: Solid Democrat, New York Times Ratings: Safe Democrat, Roll Call Analysis: Safe Democratic,
James L. "Jim" Oberstar (DFL) 63.6%, ex-U.S. Sen. Rod Grams (R) 34.4%, '92 candidate / ex-school board member Harry Robb Welty (Unity) 1.9%,
write in votes 0.1%,

1. Link to Predictions:
D.C.'s Political Report,
Washington Post's Chris Cillizza,
Campaign & Elections: Political Oddsmaker,
Congressional Quarterly's Scorecard,
Cook Political Report,
Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball,
Roll Call Analysis,
National Journal's Chuck Todd,
Rothenberg Political Report,

2. D.C.'s Political Report's stars indicate the rating of the race from 1 star to 5 stars depending on its entertainment value.
The color indicates D.C.'s Political Report's prediction of the winning party.
= Democrat retain control, = Democrats take over control,
= Republican retain control, = Republicans take over control,
= Independent / 3rd Party retains control, = Independent / 3rd Party take over control
Bold indicates incumbent. Yellow district indicates open races.
Light Blue boxes indicates Democrats maintained control. Light Red boxes indicates Republicans maintained control.
Blue boxes indicates Democrats took control. Red boxes indicates Republicans took control.

3. Key to Minnesota Political Parties:
(C) = Constitution Party
(DFL) = Democratic Farm Labor Party
- Affiliated with the Democratic Party
(G) = Green Party
(I) = independent candidates
(Ind) = Independence Party
(L) = Libertarian Party
(NU) = New Union Party
(R) = Republican Party
(WI) = Write-in candidates


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