CNN drops Paulsen from list of 100 most competitive House contests
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has been dropped from CNN’s list of the 100 most competitive House races in the country. In the wake of polling that shows Republicans with a 10-point edge in generic balloting — the largest such advantage ever recorded — four additional Republican incumbents have been removed from the rundown of contests that warrant watching.
Paulsen is a freshman in a swing district that President Obama carried by six percentage points in 2008. But he won the open seat two years ago by a surprisingly comfortable eight-point margin and has a massive financial advantage over DFL challenger Jim Meffert. Paulsen ended the second quarter with $1.4 million cash on hand compared to barely $30,000 for Meffert.