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Associated Press, Published November 06 2012

4 Minn. US Reps. win re-election

MINNEAPOLIS — Four of Minnesota's U.S. House members have easily won re-election.

Republican Erik Paulsen beat Democrat Brian Barnes to win a third term in the 3rd District, which includes the western Minneapolis suburbs.

Democrat Betty McCollum defeated Republican Tony Hernandez and Steve Carlson of the Independence Party to win a seventh term serving the 4th District, which includes St. Paul and eastern suburbs.

Democrat Keith Ellison beat Republican Chris Fields to win a fourth term in the 5th District, which includes Minneapolis and some inner suburbs.

Democrat Collin Peterson defeated Republican Lee Byberg and Adam Steele of the Independence Party to win a 12th term in western Minnesota's 7th District.

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