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Interactive: Meet your 2014 Minnesota congressional candidates

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: May 7, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Minnesota’s Democrats and Republicans have selected their candidates to do congressional battle this year.

Over the last several months, activists have gathered in small meetings across the state to pick their favorites. Now their slates are complete. 

In most districts, those picks are expected to have clear sailing to the general election. In at least one, the party-endorsed candidate will still face a primary.

In the map below, find out about this year's congressional combatants.

Graphic: Jamie Hutt, Star Tribune

Star Tribune staff reporter Allison Sherry contributed to this post.

U.S. House and Senate fundraising figures

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: April 16, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Here’s a look at what U.S. House and Senate candidates raised during the first fundraising quarter of 2014 and how much cash on hand their campaigns had at the end of March.

Candidate name

District

Party

 Q1 Fundraising

 Cash on Hand

Aaron Miller

First

Republican

 $47,500

 $43,164

Tim Walz, incumbent

First

Democrat

 $195,000

 $411,216

John Kline, incumbent

Second

Republican

 $270,817

 $1,660,000

Thomas Craft

Second

Democrat

 $5,506  $2,966

Mike Obermueller

Second

Democrat

 $81,148

 $238,211

Paula Overby

Second

Democrat

   

Erik Paulsen, incumbent

Third

Republican

 $431,763

 $1,979,136

Sharon Sund

Third

Democrat

 $33,578

 $28,835

Betty McCollum, incumbent

Fourth

Democrat

 $144,652

 $214,079

Keith Ellison, incumbent

Fifth

Democrat

 $288,043

 $229,460

Thomas Emmer

Sixth

Republican

 $206,094

 $252,738

Philip Krinke

Sixth

Republican

 $62,057  $315,744

Rhonda Sivarajah

Sixth

Republican

 $172,759  $214,808

Joe Perske

Sixth

Democrat

   

James Read

Sixth

Democrat

 $26,711  $34,171

Torrey Westrom

Seventh

Republican

 $136,924  $170,729

Collin Peterson, incumbent

Seventh

Democrat

 $218,000

 $522,650

Stewart Mills III

Eighth

Republican

 $203,000

 $355,738

Rick Nolan, incumbent

Eighth

Democrat

 $265,772

 $478,000

Jim Abeler

Senate

Republican

   

Chris Dahlberg

Mike McFadden

Senate

Senate

Republican

Republican

 $600,000

 $1,800,000

Julianne Ortman

Senate

Republican

   

Al Franken, incumbent

Senate

Democrat

 $2,722,189

 $5,933,851

Nolan has $120K cash lead over Mills in Eighth District race

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: April 15, 2014 - 11:20 AM

With national Republicans honing in on his northeastern Minnesota congressional seat, Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s campaign ramped up its fundraising in the first quarter of 2014.

Through the end of March, Nolan held a roughly $119,000 cash advantage over his Republican opponent, Stewart Mills III. Nolan had $478,000 banked for his reelection run while Mills had almost $356,000 cash on hand, according to their respective campaigns.

In a rare feat for a congressional challenger, Mills had outraised Nolan in the final two fundraising quarters of 2013. But Nolan raked in nearly $266,000 in donations during the first quarter of 2014, outraising Mills by $62,000 during the period. It marked Nolan's most successful fundraising quarter.

Outside money from political action committees and issue advocacy groups will likely factor in the race. Such groups spent millions of dollars in the district in 2012 when Nolan ousted first-term congressman Chip Cravaack.

American Action Network, a conservative advocacy group led by former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, spent $50,000 on television ads this spring targeting Nolan.

Dating back to last summer, the National Republican Congressional Committee has run several campaign anti-Nolan ads in the Eighth Congressional District. The NRCC, the campaign apparatus of House Republicans, has named Mills as one of its most promising recruits for the 2014 election cycle.

Republicans call on Rep. Rick Nolan to cancel fundraiser with 1960s star

Posted by: Allison Sherry Updated: April 11, 2014 - 4:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Friday slammed Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan for planning a fundraiser with Peter Yarrow, the singer from the 1960s band Peter, Paul and Mary, who admitted in 1970 to having improper relations with a 14-year-old girl.

Nolan is hosting a fundraiser April 25 with Yarrow, who is playing at Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center for a concert afterwards. The fundraiser, at Bowery Brothers Pub in Duluth, asks for a suggested donation of $50.

Yarrow has vexed Democratic fundraisers before. Last year, Republicans criticized Martha Robertson, a New York Democrat, for planning an event with him, according to the Buffalo News. She refused to cancel the event and Republicans ran an attack ad against her for it.

That same article points out that Yarrow has donated almost $15,000 to Democratic candidates since 1998 and he performed for Obama volunteers during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“Rick Nolan should immediately cancel his fundraiser with a convicted child molester and apologize to his constituents," said Tyler Q. Houlton at the National Republican Congressional Committee, in an e-mailed statement.

Nolan's spokeswoman deferred comments to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“This is a desperate attempt from Stewart Mills to distract from the fact that he is personally offended when millionaires like himself are asked to pay their fair share," said Brandon Lorenz, in an emailed statement.

Mills is the Republican running to unseat Nolan, who is in his first term, though served in the U.S. House of Representatives previously between 1975 and 1981.


 

 

NRCC Chair: Dems Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson can be beat

Posted by: Allison Sherry Updated: April 9, 2014 - 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- A top Republican campaign operative said Wednesday that Minnesota Democratic Reps. Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan are beatable this fall.

Nolan, of the 8th Congressional District, beat out an incumbent Republican in 2012 when President Obama swept the state. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1975 and 1981.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden said in a sit-down with reporters that Nolan has taken "unfavorable" votes on veterans issues that "won't play well" in northern Minnesota.

He also spoke highly of Stewart Mills, the millionaire businessman vying to unseat him.

"Mills has developed a strong following both online and off and will have the resources necessary to run a competitive race," said Walden, a Republican congressman from Oregon. "I think Stewart is going to give Nolan a real run for his money."

On Peterson, Walden said the veteran chair of the House Agricultural Committee "hasn't run an effective race since 1994."

Peterson is a Democratic outlier in the district, which has voted Republican in the last three presidential races. GOP state Sen. Torrey N. Westrom is running against him.

"This is a district that wants to vote Republican," Walden said. "They haven't had as viable choice to run for Congresss as they do this time with Torrey."

“Representatives Nolan and Peterson are strongly positioned in their races because they are on the side of middle class Minnesotans,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Stewart Mills’ suggestion that he is offended when millionaires like himself are asked to pay their fair share makes it clear he would side with Congressman Ryan’s budget that raise taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for millionaires like himself. Torrey Westrom has a long track record of irresponsibly selling out the middle class, especially when he voted to slash early childhood education when we need to invest in preparing our kids for the high-tech 21st century economy.”

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