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Minnesota 3rd District

Open Seat (R)


Ashwin Madia

Ashwin Madia (D)

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Erik Paulsen

Erik Paulsen (R)

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Minnesota Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Franken (D) vs. Coleman (R)*
Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: MN-3 | MN-6

Key 2006 State Races: Sen | Gov | MN-1 | MN-6

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMadia (D)Paulsen (R)Spread
SurveyUSA10/29 - 10/30647 LV4146Paulsen +5
SurveyUSA10/26 - 10/27643 LV4445Paulsen +1
SurveyUSA10/6 - 10/7634 LV4643Madia +3
SurveyUSA8/26 - 8/28636 LV4144Paulsen +3

Race Summary

Although fellow Republicans wanted Rep. Jim Ramstad to reconsider his retirement, the GOP is confident state Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) can retain the seat. National Democrats’ choice candidate, state Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL), lost her party's endorsement to upstart attorney and Iraq war veteran Ashwin Madia. Madia is keeping pace with Paulsen in fundraising and Democrats still believe this is prime pick-up territory.

Previous Election Results

2006: Ramstad (R) 65, Wilde (D) 35
2004: Ramstad (R) 65, Watts (D) 35
2002: Ramstad (R) 72, Stanton (D) 28

2004: Bush (R) 51, Kerry (D) 48
2000: Bush (R) 50, Gore (D) 46