2012 Election Cycle

Barack Obama and Joe Biden carried Minnesota – the 10th consecutive victory for a Democratic presidential nominee in the state. Minnesota became the first state in which both the Republican and Democratic parties have recorded 10-cycle winning streaks for the office.

DFL U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reelected to a second term by 34.7 points - the second largest victory margin in state history for the office behind DFLer Hubert Humphrey's 42.5-point victory in 1976.

The DFL also took back the 8th CD when former U.S. Representative Rick Nolan defeated freshman Chip Cravaack. The remaining seven incumbents were victorious leaving the DFL with a 5-3 majority in the delegation.

One cycle after losing control of both chambers, the DFL gained each of them back. The party netted nine seats for a 39-28 margin in the state Senate and 11 seats for a 73-61 margin in the state House.

Associate Justice Barry Anderson and appointed Associate Justice Davis Stras were both elected to another term.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/2012 State House, District 67B General Sheldon Johnson (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 11,318 votes (75.77%) and a winning margin of +51.87
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Sheldon Johnson Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 11,318 75.77
John T. Quinn Man Republican 3,569 23.89
Scattering Write-In 51 0.34
11/06/2012 State House, District 67A General Tim Mahoney (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 10,533 votes (77.84%) and a winning margin of +56.10
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Tim Mahoney Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 10,533 77.84
Catherine O. (Cathy) Hennelly Woman Republican 2,941 21.73
Scattering Write-In 58 0.43
11/06/2012 State House, District 66B General John Lesch (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 11,504 votes (79.20%) and a winning margin of +58.88
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John Lesch Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 11,504 79.20
Ben Blomgren Man Republican 2,951 20.32
Scattering Write-In 70 0.48
11/06/2012 State House, District 66A General Alice Hausman (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 14,160 votes (62.97%) and a winning margin of +31.91
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Alice Hausman Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 14,160 62.97
Mark Fotsch Man Republican 6,984 31.06
Dave Thomas Man Independence 1,311 5.83
Scattering Write-In 33 0.15
11/06/2012 State House, District 58A General Mary Liz Holberg (Republican) won with 12,419 votes (59.09%) and a winning margin of +18.30
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Mary Liz Holberg Incumbent Woman Republican 12,419 59.09
Colin Lee Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 8,574 40.80
Scattering Write-In 23 0.11