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Where the GOP made its gains in the Minnesota Legislature

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.

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.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by joe smith on 11/09/2016 - 08:52 am.

    They won seats both in the suburbs and out state.

    All of talk about how Minnesota was on the “progressive” front line and reading the posts here, you would have sworn the DFL was going to sweep into power. As with most folks who live in their bubble (writers at Minnpost) they either don’t listen or hear what regular every day Minnesotans were saying. Up here on the Range, I had life long DFL’ers saying they were voting for Trump because they were tired of broken promises by their party. The fact that anybody feels folks without jobs are more concerned about a gender neutral “bathroom” law than real world solutions to creating jobs lives in la-la land. I knew too many folks, up here on the Range, totally fed up with broken promises, politically correct living and getting screwed by Big Government to think that the DFL would sweep into power.

    I guess Minnesota does represent the mood across the country. I had feared we slipped into California thinking and were a rubber stamp for all things ultra liberal. Not a Trump fan but happy that Minnesotans have elected conservatives (hopefully passing common sense laws to help create jobs that actually pay a living wage) showing we are not the State most folks who post here think we are.

  2. Submitted by John Branstad on 11/09/2016 - 03:37 pm.

    Conservatives and Living Wage jobs

    I got a good chuckle out of that line – thanks, I needed it today! Conservative Republicans (are there any other kinds of Republicans allowed in MN anymore?) are absolutely *not* interested in jobs that pay a living wage. Proposal after proposal is about reducing or limiting wages.

    Their Party Platform ( explicitly states their opposition to this in two areas:
    “* Oppose government wage and price controls.”
    “* We should repeal state and federal legislation that imposes mandated wage rates on
    government and school district projects.”

    If you’re looking for Republicans in Minnesota to be the bearer of living wage jobs, you are barking up the wrong tree. Heck, you’re in the wrong forest.

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