Erik Paulsen wins fifth term representing 3rd District

Erik Paulsen has defeated Terri Bonoff to win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. With all 247 precincts reporting, Paulsen garnered 223,076 votes, coming in well ahead of State Sen. Terri Bonoff’s 169,237 tally.

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3rdDistrictPaulsenWith 56.7 percent of the vote total, Paulsen shot out to an early lead, an advantage that did not waver throughout the evening. Paulsen thanked the voters in the Third District for their support.

“I’m very gratified that the voters in the Third District decided to re-elect me once again,” said Paulsen. “It is a very humbling opportunity to get to work on their behalf.”

Now reelected for his fifth term, Paulsen said that his plans for the immediate future included relaxation and reacquainting himself with his family.

“I got away on Sunday morning, to go deer hunting,” said Paulsen. “I got my first buck, and then I got back Monday for door-knocking in Eden Prairie. Now, it’s just going to be getting a little more rest and relaxation around home.”

Having been elected by a comfortable margin himself, Paulsen noted that most election-night projections handing Donald Trump the presidency at the top of the Republican ticket. He interpreted this as a mandate for change on the national political scene.

“Voters are speaking very loudly and clearly on wanting to see some change in Washington,” said Paulsen. “They believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction. I think they want to see some bipartisan efforts to get some stuff done.”

Regardless of which presidential or congressional candidate Third District voters might have penciled in, Paulsen emphasized that he was ready to represent the entire district’s needs and interests on Capitol Hill.

“Voters in Minnesota – and in the Third District in particular – they vote for the person, not the party,” said Paulsen. “Whether folks vote for me or don’t vote for me, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and continue to be effective on their behalf.”

State Sen. Bonoff could not be reached directly for comment, but her campaign issued the following concession statement:

“We may not have achieved the result that we wanted tonight, but we are incredibly proud of the work that we accomplished during this election,” read the release. “This campaign represented a turning point in CD3. We showed the country that this district has a clear vision for a future that values inclusion and growth.

“Thank you to all of the incredible supporters in this community and across the nation,” continued the release. “We are privileged to live in a nation where each vote is counted and every voice is heard, where democracy is the law of the land.”

Contact Sean Miner at sean.miner@ecm-inc.com

ELECTION NIGHT TRACKER

10:42 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 222,333 to 168,758, with 246 of 247 precincts reporting. 1,139 write-in votes have been cast.

10:18 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 220,853 to 167,540, with 243 of 247 precincts reporting.

9:55 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 201,354 to 152,733, with 216 of 247 precincts reporting.

9:30 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 145,262 to 114,720, with 171 of 247 precincts reporting.

9:08 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 114,397 to 89,975, with 134 of 247 precincts reporting.

9:01 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 92,136 to 74,346, with 109 of 247 precincts reporting. 548 write-in votes have been cast.

8:53 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 59,250 to 53,104, with 75 of 247 precincts reporting.

8:42 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 47,763 to 43,115, with 62 of 247 precincts reporting.

8:32 p.m.
Paulsen leads Bonoff, 22,323 to 18,965, with 29 of 247 precincts reporting.