MINNESOTA
     Nov. 6, 2012 U.S. Senate                                    

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+Amy Klobuchar (DFL) i
1,854,595
65.23%
Kurt Bills (R)
867,974
30.53%
Stephen Williams (Indep.)
73,539
2.59%
Tim Davis (Grassroots)
30,531
1.07%
Michael Cavlan (MOP)
13,986
0.49%
w/ins
2,582
0.09%

2,843,207

Active Registered Voters: 3,084,025
Plurality: 986,621 votes (34.70 percentage points)

 MN Secretary of State




Notes: 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL) won a second term by a wide margin, defeating state Rep. Kurt Bills (R) and three third party candidates.

Primaries were held on Aug. 14.  In the Democratic primary, Klobuchar garnered 90.80% of the vote against three other candidates; in the Republican primary, Bills won with 51.12% over David Carlson (35.37%) and Bob Carney Jr. (13.52%); and in the Independence Party primary Stephen Williams defeated Glen Menze by 59.68% to 40.32%.

Klobuchar and Bills engaged in four debates:

Aug. 8 - agricultural issues forum at Farmfest in Redwood Falls.

Aug. 30 - at the Minnesota Public Radio booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sept. 18 - hosted by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth News Tribune at the Duluth Playhouse (>).

Nov. 4 - hosted by Minnesota Public Radio at Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul (>).

This race was not financially competitive.  According to Open Secrets (>), the Klobuchar campaign spent $8.5 million and finished with $1.8 million in cash on hand, while the Bills campaign spent $953,146.


Campaign Managers:
Amy Klobuchar:   Justin Buoen
(Dec. 2010)  First worked for Klobuchar on her 2006 campaign.  Worked on Mark Dayton's 2014 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns, John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's re-election.  Field organizer in Blaine for the Kerry/DFL campaign.  B.S. in political science and government from University of St. Thomas, 2003.
 

Kurt Bills: 
Mike Osskopp
Principal at Osskopp Insurance Group from Apr. 2011.  District director for U.S. Rep. John Kline, Jan. 2003-May 2011.  Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Jan. 1995-Jan. 2003.  News director at KDNR Radio, 1991-2000.  M.A. in systematic theology from Moody Bible Institute, 1988; B.A. in journalism from Institute of Broadcast Arts (Milwaukee), 1972.






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