Open main menu

2000 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota

The 2000 congressional elections in Minnesota were held on November 7, 2000 to determine who would represent the state of Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.

2000 United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota

← 1998 November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07) 2002 →

All of Minnesota's eight seats in the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic–Farmer–Labor Republican
Last election 6 seats 2 seats
Seats before 5 2
Seats won 5 3
Seat change Steady Increase1
Popular vote 1,234,204 993,371
Percentage 52.21% 42.02%
Map of Minnesota showing all eight districts

Minnesota had eight seats in the House, apportioned according to the 1990 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 107th Congress from January 3, 2001 until January 3, 2003. The election coincided with the 2000 presidential election and the 2000 U.S. Senate election.

Except for DFLer David Minge of the 2nd congressional district, all other House incumbents from Minnesota who stood for reelection were reelected. Minge's seat came under the control of the Republican Party of Minnesota as a result of the 2000 election. DFL incumbent Bruce Vento of the 4th congressional district died in office less than a month prior to the election; however, he was not seeking reelection, and the DFL nominee running for election to replace him, Betty McCollum, was able to keep the seat in the DFL's hands.

Contents

OverviewEdit

United States House of Representatives elections in Minnesota, 2000 [1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,234,204 52.21% 5 -1
Republican 993,371 42.02% 3 +1
Independence 75,097 3.18% 0
Constitution 24,248 1.03% 0
Independent 19,667 0.83% 0
Libertarian 17,151 0.73% 0
Totals 2,363,738 100.00% 8

District 1Edit

Incumbent Republican Gil Gutknecht, who had represented Minnesota's 1st congressional district since 1994, ran against Mary Rieder of the DFL and Rich Osness of the Libertarian Party. Gutknecht won a fourth term, defeating second-place Rieder by a landslide margin of nearly 15 percent, as Osness placed at a very distant third.

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Mary Rieder

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Mary Rieder 31,244 100.00
Total votes 31,244 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gil Gutknecht (Incumbent) 17,824 100.00
Total votes 17,824 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 1st Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gil Gutknecht (Incumbent) 159,835 56.43
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Mary Rieder 117,946 41.64
Libertarian Rich Osness 5,440 1.92
Total votes 283,221 100.00
Republican hold

District 2Edit

Incumbent DFLer David Minge, who was first elected in 1992, ran against Mark Kennedy of the Republican Party, Gerald W. Brekke of the Independence Party, Ron Helwig of the Libertarian Party, and Dennis A. Burda of the Constitution Party. Kennedy dashed Minge's hopes for a fifth term, defeating the incumbent by a razor-thin margin of six one hundredths of one percent of the vote, while Brekke finished a very distant third, and Helwig and Burda, respectively, finished an even more distant fourth and fifth.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Dennis A. Burda

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Dennis A. Burda 170 100.00
Total votes 170 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor David Minge (Incumbent) 30,089 100.00
Total votes 30,089 100.00

Independence primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Stan Bentz
  • Gerald W. Brekke

ResultsEdit

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Gerald W. Brekke 292 52.61
Independence Stan Bentz 263 47.39
Total votes 555 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kennedy 13,779 79.29
Republican Joe Wagner 3,598 20.71
Total votes 17,377 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Kennedy 138,957 48.10
Democratic–Farmer–Labor David Minge (Incumbent) 138,802 48.04
Independence Gerald W. Brekke 7,875 2.73
Libertarian Ron Helwig 1,929 0.67
Constitution Dennis A. Burda 1,337 0.46
Total votes 288,900 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic–Farmer–Labor

District 3Edit

Incumbent Republican Jim Ramstad, who was first elected in 1990, faced off against Sue Shuff of the DFL, Bob Odden of the Libertarian Party, and Arne Niska of the Constitution Party. Ramstad had no difficulty winning a sixth term in Congress, as he defeated Shuff by a 37.79 percent margin, while Odden finished a distant third and Niska finished slightly behind Odden.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Arne Niska

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Arne Niska 111 100.00
Total votes 111 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Sue Shuff
  • Darryl Tyree Stanton

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Sue Shuff 29,841 74.53
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Darryl Tyree Stanton 10,197 25.47
Total votes 40,038 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ramstad (Incumbent) 13,995 100.00
Total votes 13,995 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ramstad (Incumbent) 222,571 67.64
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Sue Shuff 98,219 29.85
Libertarian Bob Odden 5,302 1.61
Constitution Arne Niska 2,970 0.90
Total votes 329,062 100.00
Republican hold

District 4Edit

Incumbent DFLer Bruce Vento died in office on October 10, 2000, less than a month before the election. However, as Vento was not seeking reelection, it was not necessary for any special election to be held or for the DFL to select another candidate. Betty McCollum had been selected in the DFL primary to seek election to replace Vento. Opposing McCollum were Linda Runbeck of the Republican Party, Tom Foley of the Independence Party, and Nicholas Skrivanek of the Constitution Party.

McCollum did not face any great difficulty keeping the seat (which represented a very liberal population centered around St. Paul) in DFL hands. McCollum defeated Runbeck by a margin of more than 17 percent of the vote. Due to a surprisingly strong showing by Foley (who finished about 10 percent behind Runbeck), McCollum was able to win by such a large margin while simultaneously failing to secure a majority of the vote.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Nicholas Skrivanek

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Nicholas Skrivanek 114 100.00
Total votes 114 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Councilor since 1997
  • Cathie Hartnett
  • Betty McCollum, State Representative from district 55B since 1993
  • Steven G. Novak, State Senator from district 52 since 1983

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Betty McCollum 35,911 50.40
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Steven G. Novak 16,332 22.92
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Chris Coleman 13,555 19.02
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Cathie Hartnett 5,454 7.65
Total votes 71,252 100.00

Independence primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Pam (Pamela Joy) Ellison
  • Tom Foley

ResultsEdit

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Tom Foley 750 63.34
Independence Pam (Pamela Joy) Ellison 434 36.66
Total votes 1,184 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Patricia Reagan
  • Linda Runbeck, State Senator from district 53 since 1993

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda Runbeck 10,722 86.22
Republican Patricia Reagan 1,713 13.78
Total votes 12,435 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 4th Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Betty McCollum 130,403 48.04
Republican Linda Runbeck 83,852 30.89
Independence Tom Foley 55,899 20.59
Constitution Nicholas Skrivanek 1,285 0.47
Total votes 271,439 100.00
Democratic–Farmer–Labor hold

District 5Edit

Incumbent DFLer Martin Sabo, who was first elected in 1978, faced absolutely no difficulty in winning his 12th term as the representative of the very liberal 5th congressional district, which was centered around Minneapolis. Although he was faced, in the general election, with a very crowded field of challengers, Sabo was able to win over 69 percent of the vote, and defeated second-place Republican Frank Taylor by an overwhelming 46.42 percent margin.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Renee Lavoi

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Renee Lavoi 128 100.00
Total votes 128 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Martin Olav Sabo (Incumbent) 55,879 100.00
Total votes 55,879 100.00

Independence primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Rob Tomich

ResultsEdit

Independence Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Rob Tomich 698 100.00
Total votes 698 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Chris Flynn
  • Frank Taylor

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Taylor 4,837 63.21
Republican Chris Flynn 2,815 36.79
Total votes 7,652 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 5th Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Martin Olav Sabo (Incumbent) 176,629 69.23
Republican Frank Taylor 58,191 22.81
Independence Rob Tomich 11,323 4.44
Constitution Renee Lavoi 4,522 1.77
Libertarian Chuck P. Charnstrom 4,480 1.76
Total votes 255,145 100.00
Democratic–Farmer–Labor hold

District 6Edit

Incumbent DFLer Bill Luther, who was first elected as the U.S. Representative from the 6th congressional district in 1994, faced an extremely close challenge in 2000. Luther won reelection for his fourth term in Congress by a razor-thin margin, defeating Republican challenger John Kline by a margin of just 1.53 percent of the vote.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Ralph A. Hubbard

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Ralph A. Hubbard 242 100.00
Total votes 242 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Bill Luther (Incumbent) 45,378 100.00
Total votes 45,378 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Kline 19,029 100.00
Total votes 19,029 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 6th Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Bill Luther (Incumbent) 176,340 49.56
Republican John Kline 170,900 48.03
Constitution Ralph A. Hubbard 8,584 2.41
Total votes 355,824 100.00
Democratic–Farmer–Labor hold

District 7Edit

Incumbent DFLer Collin Peterson, who was first elected in 1990, faced no difficulty winning his eighth term in Congress, defeating Republican challenger Glen Menze by a landslide 39.41 percent margin.

Constitution Party primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Owen Sivertson

ResultsEdit

Constitution Party Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Owen Sivertson 141 100.00
Total votes 141 100.00

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Collin C. Peterson (Incumbent) 33,948 100.00
Total votes 33,948 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Aleta Edin
  • Glen Menze

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glen Menze 10,258 65.38
Republican Aleta Edin 5,433 34.62
Total votes 15,691 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 7th Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Collin C. Peterson (Incumbent) 185,771 68.68
Republican Glen Menze 79,175 29.27
Constitution Owen Sivertson 5,550 2.05
Total votes 270,496 100.00
Democratic–Farmer–Labor hold

District 8Edit

Incumbent DFLer Jim Oberstar, who was first elected in 1974, had no difficulty winning his 14th term in Congress, defeating Republican challenger Bob Lemen by a margin of more than 42 percent.

DFL primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic–Farmer–Labor Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 64,189 100.00
Total votes 64,189 100.00

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Bob Lemen
  • Warren L. Nelson

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary Election [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Lemen 7,197 50.06
Republican Warren L. Nelson 7,179 49.94
Total votes 14,376 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

Minnesota's 8th Congressional district election, 2000 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor James L. Oberstar (Incumbent) 210,094 67.85
Republican Bob Lemen 79,890 25.80
Independent Mike Darling 19,667 6.35
Total votes 309,651 100.00
Democratic–Farmer–Labor hold

ReferencesEdit