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1st District

The 1st District recently has shown signs of change. Many of the DFL's inroads in the legislative campaign of 2004 came in the 1st. The election of Tim Walz to replace incumbent Gil Gutknecht confirmed it on Election Day 2006.

In recent elections Gutknecht had shown little sign of withering support. In 2004, he easily outdistanced DFLer Leigh Pomeroy by a 60-to-36-percent margin. In fact, Pomeroy was a candidate only because he was unable to find a willing DFLer to take on Gutknecht after the original choice -- Joe Mayer -- dropped out.

Thanks in large part to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, about 33.1 percent of residents in the 1st District make a living as doctors, lawyers, managers and other professionals and 24.2 percent work in 9-to-5 office jobs as salespeople, administrative assistants or secretaries, for example. Another 17.8 percent are employed in transportation and production, jobs courted by powerful unions.


Document Gil Gutknecht (R)
Document Tim Walz (D)

District Information

District map
Median age: 41
School age: 19%
Age 65+: 15%
Percent below poverty: 8%
Per capita income: $19,889
Median housing value: $93,981
Percent unemployed: 2%
Percent minority: 7%
Percent college graduate: 13%
Percent less than high school diploma: 10%

The Money Race

Gil Gutknecht$1,124,303
Tim Walz$759,040
In one of the state's biggest election upsets, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has gone democratic. First-time candidate Tim Walz won the race with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Republican six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht. (11/08/2006)
The race between U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., and his DFL challenger Tim Walz has been attracting national attention and money. Gutknecht and Walz sparred in a recent debate. (Midday, 10/31/2006)
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, spent Monday in Minnesota -- campaigning for Democrats and signing copies of his new book. The atmosphere at the book signing was worthy of a rock star. (10/30/2006)
The race for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District has become competitive with a political newcomer running as a DFLer posing a serious challenger to six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. (10/25/2006)
GOP Rep. Gil Gutknecht offered an optimistic message about America's direction. Democratic challenger Tim Walz spoke of an America that's desperate for change. (10/19/2006)
Minnesota's 1st Congressional District race has heated up. In a part of the state that has voted Republican for years, a Democratic challenger may have a chance. (10/04/2006)
U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht will keep his place on the Sept. 12 primary election ballot after the state Supreme Court swiftly turned back a challenge to the petitions he used to qualify. (08/22/2006)
Republican Gil Gutknecht is running for re-election in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, long considered the most conservative in the state. But Democrats say that may be changing, and predict Gutknecht will be vulnerable this time around. (07/07/2006)
U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht said Friday he would run for re-election to the House, ending the possibility of a primary fight between two Republican congressmen for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton. (03/04/2005)
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