Democrats Appear To Take Statewide Offices

By Tracy Frank Democratic candidates led races for statewide office in Minnesota Tuesday, with only the race for secretary of state close. Final results were not available. For Minnesota attorney general, two-term incumbent and Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Lori Swanson, 47, of Eagan, led with 53 percent of votes with 3,224 of 4,106 precincts reporting. Republican Scott…
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Update: GOP Takes Minnesota House Control

By Charley Shaw Victories in greater Minnesota on Tuesday delivered the state House back to GOP control. It was a lonely GOP victory in what otherwise was an election day Democrats dominated in state races. Republicans picked up DFL seats in many rural areas, helping the GOP pick up the seven seats needed to flip…
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Nolan Leads Mills In Tight Race

By Brady Slater Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan maintained a slight lead over Republican challenger Stewart Mills in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District race late Tuesday night — a contest predicted to be one of the closest House races in the nation. With 464 of 810 precincts reporting, Nolan led with 48 percent of the vote. Mills…
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Peterson Defeats Westrom For U.S. House

By John Hageman Longtime U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., defeated Torrey Westrom, a Republican state senator, in the race for the U.S. House in Tuesday’s election. With 75.1 percent of precincts reporting just before midnight, Peterson was leading with 54.1 percent of votes. Westrom had 45.8 percent of votes. Complete results were not available at…
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Franken’s Victory Speech

U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s Election Night Remarks As prepared for delivery Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so honored, and so humbled, and so grateful to the people of Minnesota. Thank you for taking a chance on me six years ago.  And thank you for giving me the chance to keep…
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