United States House of Representatives Elections in Minnesota, 2004
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United States House of Representatives Elections in Minnesota, 2004
2004 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota

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All 8 Minnesota seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican
Last election
Seats before 4 4
Seats won 4 4
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,399,624 1,236,094
Percentage 51.42% 45.42%
Swing Increase1.55% Decrease1.34%
Map of Minnesota showing all eight districts

The 2004 congressional elections in Minnesota were held on November 2, 2004 to determine who would represent the state of Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.

Minnesota had eight seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 109th Congress from January 3, 2005 until January 3, 2007. The election coincided with the 2004 presidential election. All of the incumbents who represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representative in the 108th Congress were re-elected to the 109th Congress.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2004 [1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/-
Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,399,624 51.42% 4 --
Republican 1,236,094 45.42% 4 --
Independence 56,490 2.08% 0 --
Green 26,917 0.99% 0 --
Others 2,556 0.09% 0 --
Totals 2,721,681 100.00% 8 --

District 1

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Incumbent Republican Gil Gutknecht, who had represented Minnesota's 1st congressional district since 1994, ran against Leigh Pomeroy of the DFL and Gregory Mikkelson of the Independence Party. Gutknecht easily won a fifth term, defeating second-place Pomeroy by a comfortable 24 percent margin, as Mikkelson placed at an even more distant third.

DFL primary

Candidates

  • Leigh Pomeroy, university professor

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Leigh Pomeroy 12,682 100.00
Total votes 12,682 100.00

Independence primary

Candidates

  • Gregory Mikkelson
  • David Pechulis

Results

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Gregory Mikkelson 765 67.11
Independence David Pechulis 375 32.89
Total votes 1,140 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gil Gutknecht (Incumbent) 17,651 100.00
Total votes 17,651 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 1st Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gil Gutknecht (Incumbent) 193,132 59.60
Democratic (DFL) Leigh Pomeroy 115,088 35.52
Independence Gregory Mikkelson 15,569 4.80
Write-In Others 266 0.08
Total votes 324,055 100.00
Republican hold

District 2

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Incumbent Republican John Kline, who was first elected in 2002, ran against Teresa Daly of the DFL and Doug Williams of the Independence Party. Kline won a second term, defeating Daly by a 16 percent margin, as Williams finished a very distant third.

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Teresa Daly 10,206 100.00
Total votes 10,206 100.00

Independence primary

Candidates

  • Doug Williams

Results

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Doug Williams 493 100.00
Total votes 493 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

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

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (Incumbent) 12,710 100.00
Total votes 12,710 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (Incumbent) 206,313 56.38
Democratic (DFL) Teresa Daly 147,527 40.38
Independence Doug Williams 11,822 3.23
Write-In Others 283 0.08
Total votes 365,945 100.00
Republican hold

District 3

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Incumbent Republican Jim Ramstad, who was first elected in 1990, faced a primary challenge from Burton Hanson, but won renomination by a margin of nearly 80 percent in the Republican primary. In the general election, Ramstad defeated DFL challenger Deborah Watts, easily winning election to his eighth term in Congress.

DFL primary

Candidates

  • Deborah Watts

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Deborah Watts 7,438 100.00
Total votes 7,438 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Burton Hanson
  • Jim Ramstad, incumbent U.S. Representative since 1991

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ramstad (Incumbent) 19,232 89.91
Republican Burton Hanson 2,159 10.09
Total votes 21,391 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ramstad (Incumbent) 231,871 64.61
Democratic (DFL) Deborah Watts 126,665 35.29
Write-In Others 356 0.10
Total votes 358,892 100.00
Republican hold

District 4

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Incumbent DFLer Betty McCollum, who was first elected in 2000, faced off against Patrice Bataglia of the Republican Party of Minnesota and Peter F. Vento of the Independence Party of Minnesota. Defeating Bataglia by a comfortable 24 percent margin, McCollum easily won re-election to her third term in Congress, as Vento finished a distant third

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Betty McCollum (Incumbent) 16,529 100.00
Total votes 16,529 100.00

Independence primary

Candidates

  • Bob Cardinal
  • Peter F. Vento

Results

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Peter F. Vento 754 60.86
Independence Bob Cardinal 485 39.14
Total votes 1,239 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Patrice Bataglia, Dakota County commissioner
  • Jack Shepard, fugitive, alleged arsonist, and former Minneapolis dentist who fled the country after allegedly attempting to burn down his own dental office[3]

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrice Bataglia 7,969 76.73
Republican Jack Shepard 2,417 23.27
Total votes 10,386 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 4th Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Betty McCollum (Incumbent) 182,387 57.48
Republican Patrice Bataglia 105,467 33.24
Independence Peter F. Vento 29,099 9.17
Write-In Others 346 0.11
Total votes 317,299 100.00
Democratic (DFL) hold

District 5

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Incumbent DFLer Martin Sabo, who was first elected in 1978, was challenged for the nomination by Dick Franson, but Sabo won the primary election by a landslide 82 percent margin. In the general election, Sabo had no difficulty winning his 14th term in Congress, defeating Republican challenger Daniel Mathias by a margin of more than 45 percent, while Green candidate Jay Pond finished a distant third.

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Martin Olav Sabo (Incumbent) 23,047 91.06
Democratic (DFL) "Dick" Franson 2,264 8.94
Total votes 25,311 100.00

Green primary

Candidates

  • Jay Pond

Results

Green Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Jay Pond 665 100.00
Total votes 665 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Daniel Mathias

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Mathias 5,840 100.00
Total votes 5,840 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 5th Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Martin Olav Sabo (Incumbent) 218,434 69.67
Republican Daniel Mathias 76,600 24.43
Green Jay Pond 17,984 5.74
Write-In Others 508 0.16
Total votes 313,526 100.00
Democratic (DFL) hold

District 6

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Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy, who was first elected in 2000, encountered little difficulty winning his third term in Congress, although the election in Minnesota's 6th congressional district was by far the closest congressional election in Minnesota in 2004. Kennedy defeated his DFL challenger, child safety advocate Patty Wetterling, by a margin of about 8 percent.

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Patty Wetterling 10,385 100.00
Total votes 10,385 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kennedy (Incumbent) 11,817 100.00
Total votes 11,817 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 6th Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kennedy (Incumbent) 203,669 53.99
Democratic (DFL) Patty Wetterling 173,309 45.94
Write-In Others 246 0.07
Total votes 377,224 100.00
Republican hold

District 7

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Incumbent DFLer Collin Peterson, who was first elected in 1990, faced no difficulty winning his eighth term in Congress, defeating Republican challenger David Sturrock by a landslide 32 percent margin.

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Collin C. Peterson (Incumbent) 16,036 100.00
Total votes 16,036 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

  • David E. Sturrock

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David E. Sturrock 10,882 100.00
Total votes 10,882 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 7th Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Collin C. Peterson (Incumbent) 207,628 66.07
Republican David E. Sturrock 106,349 33.84
Write-In Others 280 0.09
Total votes 314,257 100.00
Democratic (DFL) hold

District 8

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Incumbent DFLer Jim Oberstar, who was first elected in 1974, was challenged for the nomination by Michael H. Johnson, but Oberstar won the primary election by a landslide 71 percent margin. In the general election, Oberstar had no difficulty winning his 16th term in Congress, defeating Republican challenger Mark Groettum by a margin of more than 33 percent, while Green candidate Van Presley finished a very distant third.

DFL primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 37,353 85.54
Democratic (DFL) Michael H. Johnson 6,314 14.46
Total votes 43,667 100.00

Green primary

Candidates

  • Van Presley

Results

Green Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Van Presley 516 100.00
Total votes 516 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Mark Groettum

Results

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Mathias 13,429 100.00
Total votes 13,429 100.00

General election

Results

Minnesota's 8th Congressional district election, 2004 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 228,586 65.22
Republican Mark Groettum 112,693 32.15
Green Van Presley 8,933 2.55
Write-In Others 271 0.08
Total votes 350,483 100.00
Democratic (DFL) hold

References


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