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Where the GOP made its gains in the Minnesota Legislature

With a gain of six seats in the Senate and four in the House, Tuesday was indisputably a good night for the Minnesota GOP.

The Minnesota GOP had a good night on Tuesday. They picked up six seats in the Minnesota Senate — exactly the number they needed to gain control of the chamber. And they not only defended their gains in the Minnesota House from 2014, the year they took back control of that chamber, they actually added four seats to their majority.

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So where did they make their gains?

The charts below show the seats of the Minnesota Legislature arranged roughly according to where they fall on a map, but with each seat the same size so that geographically large districts aren’t overrepresented. Districts in red were won by the GOP, blue by the DFL. The darker districts are the ones that changed party control. You can click on any of the districts in the chart to get full election results, via our Election Results Dashboard.


In the Senate, seven of the eight total seats won by the GOP that had been under DFL control were in greater Minnesota. They had particular success in the northwest and in a band of seats south and west of the Twin Cities. (It wasn’t a uniform victory, though: DFLer Matt Little won retiring Sen. Dave Thompson’s Lakeville seat.) In the metro, they managed to pick up Sen. Terri Bonoff’s former seat, but in a bit of an upset, lost minority leader David Hann’s Eden Prairie district.

Greater MinnesotaMetro
1 4 5 6 3
8 9 10 11 7 35
12 13 14 15 32 34 36 37 38
16 29 30 31 33 40 41 42 39 43
17 18 47 58 48 44 46 45 59 60 66
19 20 21 50 49 61 62 63 64
24 25 26 51 52 65 67 53 54
22 23 27 28 55 57 56


The story in the Minnesota House was a different one from the Senate. After making major gains in greater Minnesota in 2014, the GOP had limited room to grow there. They did manage to win northern Minnesota districts 5A and 5B, unseating longtime DFL incumbents John Persell and Tom Anzelc, respectively.

But the greater upside for the House GOP came in the metro area, where they won four seats, mostly in the suburbs on the outer edges of the Twin Cities. That offset the DFL’s regaining of the Bloomington seat briefly held by Chad Anderson after a special election and Erin Maye Quade’s victory in District 57A, the seat formerly held by Rep. Tara Mack.