MN-2 Incumbent John Kline (R) v Challenger Mike Obermueller (D)

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AnitaMaria
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MN-2 Incumbent John Kline (R) v Challenger Mike Obermueller (D)

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Post by AnitaMaria » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:38 am

This isn't a high profile race, but the Democrats could flip this district. The most recent poll is from last fall (See [link]The Hill,http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/hou ... -opponents[/link] article about it) but it had the Republican incumbent John Kline behind the then-Democratic frontrunner (who has since been endorsed by the state Democratic Party) Mike Obermueller. And people here are excited because Mr. Obermueller is running on Obamacare, not away from it. The mostly suburban district consists of the southern part of the Twin Cities metro area, as well as some exurban and semi-rural areas south of the Twin Cities.

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MN-2 Incumbent John Kline (R) v Challenger Mike Obermueller (D)

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Post by AnitaMaria » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:26 am

Bill Maher has chosen John Kline as the first incumbent in the 'final four' bracket for his [link]Flip a District,http://flipadistrict.com/[/link] project. I think the key factor in this was that Kline was targeted for the Flip a District project by StudentDebtCrisis.org, which launched a social media campaign against him because he has used his position as Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee to continually oppose measures to reduce the burden of student loans. (See [link]Huffington Post article for more details,http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-mcca ... 63952.html[/link].)Kline is far from the most offensive member of Congress on Maher's "Tweet Sixteen" list. People like Ted Yoho, Blake Farentholt, and Steve King are worse but, unfortunately, they are probably not beatable. John Kline is.

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MN-2 Incumbent John Kline (R) v Challenger Mike Obermueller (D)

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Post by SPen » Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:13 am

The crappy part about this race is that Obermueller ran previously (in 2012) and made a pretty strong challenge to Kline and yet still lost by 8 points. This is an R+2 district (which is close to the median House district thanks to GOP gerrymandering) but losing by 8 points in a presidential year with Barack Obama and Amy Klobuchar on the ballot is a big disappointment, especially for a former member of the Minnesota legislature. Al Franken is probably going to win but he's not going to match Klobuchar's 65% showing even though he's been fundraising like a champion so far.





We need Kline to either mess up or retire. Neither appears likely. It would be a huge, huge victory if we knocked him off in a midterm.

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MN-2 Incumbent John Kline (R) v Challenger Mike Obermueller (D)

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:48 am

Minnesota Primary Election Results:


Minnesota Department of State


Precincts Reporting in State: 94.06% 3862 of 4106





Democratic-Farmer-Labor


Mike Obermueller.......12,317....82.52%


Michael J Roberts........2,609....17.48%





Republican


John Kline..............18,198....100.00%





Independence


Paula Overby.............460....100.00%


[/break1]sos.state.mn.us/Results/USRepresentative/19]http://minnesotaelectionresults.sos.sta ... ntative/19





A map of the Minnesota 2nd congressional district is available [/break1]sos.state.mn.us/Select/MapCongressional/19]here.





As SPen noted, The Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index rates the Minnesota 2nd congressional districtas R+2.


[/break1]com/file/2013-04-47.pdf]http://cookpolitical.com/file/2013-04-47.pdf

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