3rd Congressional District
Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is one of the most affluent in the state, encompassing the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis. With blue-collar Brooklyn Park to the north, middle-income Bloomington to the south, and high-income Plymouth and Wayzata to the west, it features a mixed characteristic. It may lean Republican, but it tends to lean moderate Republican. Republican Erik Paulsen won election to the district in 2008, following longtime moderate incumbent Jim Ramstad. Paulsen won despite the fact that Democrat Barack Obama outpolled John McCain by nearly 25,000 votes in the district in the 2008 presidential election.
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