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5th District

Normally, this race gets little attention. Rep. Martin Sabo runs. Rep. Martin Sabo wins easily. But on March 18, 2006, Sabo announced his retirement from Congress; an announcement that took even DFL-insiders by surprise. Minnesota's 5th Congressional District is made up primarily of the city of Minneapolis and a few adjoining suburbs. It includes the affluent neighborhoods around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, the University of Minnesota, and the downtown area. However, a large section of the 5th also includes residents with considerably lower incomes.

There is probably no greater DFL stronghold in all of Minnesota than the 5th. John Kerry and Al Gore carried this district in their presidential quests by an almost 2-to-1 margin.


Document Keith Ellison (D)
Document Alan Fine (R)
Document Tammy Lee (I)
Document Jay Pond (G)

District Information

District map
Population: 614,935
Median age: 37
School age:15%
Age 65+: 12 %
Percent below poverty: 12%
Per capita income:$23,815
Median housing value: $118,158
Percent unemployed: 3%
Percent minority:23%
Percent college graduate:21%
Percent less than high school diploma:9%

The Money Race

Keith Ellison $516,730
Alan Fine $174,252
Tammy Lee $99,177
Increasing crime in Minneapolis is fueling concerns about public safety in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes the city and several suburbs. Candidates in the race for that seat are responding with a string of public safety proposals. One DFLer has even gotten the endorsement of Hennepin County's Republican sheriff. (08/01/2006)
Four DFL candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate Tuesday night in Minneapolis. (07/26/2006)
Four of the DFLers seeking to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Martin Sabo debated the war in Iraq, health care and poverty issues Monday. The four DFLers agreed on a number of major national issues, but tried to differentiate themselves based on their experience. (07/24/2006)
Former DFL State Party Chair Mike Erlandson has filed papers to run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Erlandson is bucking his party's endorsement of another candidate, and is getting help from his former boss -- the man who's retiring from that office. (07/06/2006)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied support for DFLer Keith Ellison's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat in Minneapolis Friday afternoon. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman in Minnesota history. But the endorsement doesn't guarantee that he'll be DFLer on the November ballot because several Democrats say they'll run in a September primary. (05/06/2006)
When Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement last month, about a dozen DFL candidates started lining up to replace him. They range from a Dairy Queen owner to a university professor. At a forum on Sunday, they touted their political chops. (04/23/2006)
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, DFL-Minn., announced Saturday that he won't seek a 15th term in Congress. (Midday, 03/20/2006)
"In my gut I know the time is right," the Minneapolis DFLer said on Saturday as he announced the end of his political career. (03/18/2006)
University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs says Martin Sabo's decision to retire is "momentous," and the time of the announcement is "strange." (03/17/2006)
Martin Sabo is holding a press conference Saturday to announce he's not seeking re-election. The 5th District Democrat has been a member of Congress representing Minneapolis for 28 years. (03/17/2006)