The DFL is eying Minnesota Erik Paulsen’s 3rd CD seat in November, but the Republican U.S. Representative has a lot of electoral history on his side. The western suburban district has voted GOP in each of the last 28 cycles since 1960 – the longest Republican congressional winning streak ever in Minnesota. The party previously tallied a 26-cycle streak in the 2nd CD (1940-1990) and 25 wins in a row in the 1st CD (1934-1980). The 1st CD mark would likely have been longer but the state could not agree on a congressional district map in 1932 resulting in all nine seats being elected in at-large races. [The 1st CD had previously voted GOP for 20 straight cycles from 1892-1930]. The only two instances in which the DFL has come within single digits of taking back the 3rd CD since Clark MacGregor picked up the seat for the Republicans in 1960 were during open seat races – losing by 1.3 points in 1970 to Bill Frenzel when MacGregor chose to run for the U.S. Senate and by 7.6 points to Paulsen in 2008 when Jim Ramstad retired from public office.