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United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2006

Map of Minnesota showing all eight districts

The 2006 congressional elections in Minnesota were held on November 7, 2006 to determine who would represent the state of Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.

Minnesota had nine seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 110th Congress from January 3, 2007 until January 3, 2009. The election coincided with the Senate election and the gubernatorial election.


  • Overview 1
  • District 1 2
  • District 2 3
  • District 3 4
  • District 4 5
  • District 5 6
  • District 6 7
  • District 7 8
  • District 8 9
  • References 10


United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2006[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 1,152,621 52.90% 5 +1
Republican 924,636 42.43% 3 -1
Independents 101,717 4.67% 0
Totals 2,178,974 100.00% 8

District 1

In his bid for a seventh term in Congress, incumbent Republican Congressman Gil Gutknecht faced off against Tim Walz, a high school teacher and the DFL nominee in this swing district based in southern Minnesota. In an upset, Walz upset Gutknecht by a narrow 15,000 vote margin of victory.

Minnesota's 1st congressional district election, 2006[1][1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Tim Walz 141,556 52.74
Republican Gil Gutknecht (inc.) 126,486 47.12
Write-ins 379 0.14
Total votes 268,421 100.00

District 2

Incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline ran for a third term in this conservative district based in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Kline was opposed in the general election by Coleen Rowley, the DFL nominee and a former FBI agent, whom he was able to defeat by a comfortable margin.

Minnesota's 2nd congressional district election, 2006[1][1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline (inc.) 163,269 56.20
DFL Coleen Rowley 116,343 40.04
Independence Douglas Williams 10,802 3.72
Write-ins 126 0.04
Total votes 290,540 100.00
Republican hold

District 3

Incumbent Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad ran for what would be his ninth and final term in the United States Congress from this conservative district that encompasses the northern, western, and southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Hennepin County and Anoka County. Ramstad was opposed in his bid for re-election by local radio host Wendy Wilde, who won the nomination of the DFL, and he overwhelmingly won re-election.

Minnesota's 3rd congressional district election, 2006[1][1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ramstad (inc.) 184,333 64.85
Write-ins 323 0.11
Total votes 284,244 100.00

District 4

In this staunchly liberal district located in St. Paul that also includes some northern suburbs, incumbent DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum ran for a fourth term, and she was opposed by Republican Obi Sium, an employee with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. McCollum was in no danger of losing her seat, and she won re-election with nearly 70% of the vote.

Minnesota's 4th congressional district election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Betty McCollum (inc.) 172,096 69.54
Write-ins 573 0.23
Total votes 247,466 100.00
DFL hold

District 5

Rather than seek a fifteenth term in Congress, incumbent North Dakota and communications director for Skip Humphrey's 1998 gubernatorial campaign. This district, based in Minneapolis and some suburbs located in Anoka County and Ramsey County, strongly supports DFL candidates, so Ellison was highly favored in the general election. Indeed, despite a surprisingly strong performance by Lee, Ellison emerged victorious, and became the first African-American Congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim in Congress altogether.

Minnesota's 5th congressional district election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Keith Ellison 136,060 55.56
Write-ins 334 0.14
Total votes 244,905 100.00
DFL hold

District 6

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Kennedy declined to seek a fourth term in Congress, instead opting to run for Senate in the wake of then-Senator Mark Dayton's retirement. To replace him in this conservative-leaning district that encompasses the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities, including St. Cloud, State Senator Michele Bachmann clinched the Republican nomination, while Patty Wetterling, a national advocate of children's safety and Kennedy's opponent from two years prior, emerged as the DFL nominee once again, and they were joined by Minnesota Independence Party candidate John Paul Binokwski. During the campaign, Wetterling attacked Bachmann for voting against increased restrictions regarding sex offenders, while Bachmann accused Wetterling of wanting to negotiate with terrorists, charges which they each denied.[2] Despite polling that indicated that the race would be close, and in spite of the fact that this race was the most expensive House race in Minnesota,[3] Bachmann defeated Wetterling by a surprisingly large margin, with Binkowski receiving about 8%.

Minnesota's 6th congressional district election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michele Bachmann 151,248 50.05
Write-ins 239 0.08
Total votes 302,188 100.00
Republican hold

District 7

This conservative, rural district based in western Minnesota has been represented by DFL Congressman Collin Peterson since 1991, and this year, Peterson sought a ninth term in Congress. Despite the district's tendency to vote for Republicans at the national level, Peterson has been able to hold on to his seat with ease, and this year proved no different. Opposed by pharmacist Michael J. Barrett, the Republican nominee, and a few independent politicians, Peterson overwhelmingly won re-election, winning close to 70% of the vote.

Minnesota's 7th congressional district election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Collin Peterson (inc.) 179,164 69.66
Write-ins 170 0.07
Total votes 257,194 100.00
DFL hold

District 8

This liberal-leaning district, based in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota, has been represented by DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar since 1975, who was the state's longest-serving Congressman. This year, he sought a seventeenth term in Congress and faced former United States Senator Rod Grams, who lived outside the district and represented the 6th district in Congress twelve years prior. Despite Grams's high stature and name recognition, he posed no serious threat to Oberstar, who was re-elected in a landslide.

Minnesota's 8th congressional district election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Jim Oberstar (inc.) 180,670 63.61
Write-ins 155 0.05
Total votes 284,016 100.00
DFL hold


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