The DFL owes its new one-vote majority in the state Senate and its narrow control of Minnesota government to just a handful of candidates who won close elections last week.
The dream of a suburban revolt against DFL Attorney General Keith Ellison from voters concerned about public safety failed to materialize.
More votes were cast in suburbs in the seven-county metro area than in Greater Minnesota or in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and many suburban voters cared about abortion.
Mary Moriarty defeated Martha Holton Dimick by nearly 16 percentage points in Tuesday’s Hennepin County attorney race.
A searchable table of how every Hennepin County city — from Bloomington to Woodland, and of course, Minneapolis — voted.
A MinnPost analysis of Tuesday’s vote shows that Craig outperformed Kistner in Dakota County, running well ahead of him in Eagan, Apple Valley and Burnsville, while trailing her Republican challenger, but not by much, in Lakeville.
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DFL Senators gathered at the Capitol said support for abortion rights in the suburbs and some remaining DFL-friendly districts in Greater Minnesota made the difference.
It’s a huge win for DFL Gov. Tim Walz, who won’t have to worry about things like his agenda going nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate or his commissioners being fired.
Walz’s margin of victory was smaller than it was in 2018, but he did well in the suburbs and in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The GOP had hoped to win seats in battleground legislative races across the Twin Cities suburbs. Instead, Democrats did well in places like Coon Rapids, Lino Lakes, Blaine and Shakopee.
In Tuesday’s election, Ellison kept up the DFL’s AG winning streak, which started in 1970. Republicans trailed in every statewide race, imperiling the party’s shot at its first statewide victory since 2006.
The Craig/Kistner rematch was characterized by the enormous amount of money that poured into the race by political action committees affiliated by both parties.
Walz, a former congressman from the state’s southern-most district, defeated GOP nominee Scott Jensen, a maverick state senator and family physician who became a pandemic questioner with a national following.
Moriarty, who won by a 15-point margin, pledged in her victory speech to fix parts of the legal system that have failed many.
MinnPost sent reporters to polling places around the Twin Cities to talk about what brought voters out to cast ballots — and who they voted for.
Early Minneapolis turnout numbers; why the suburbs are a big deal; what races we’re watching closely tonight; and more.
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Everyone in Minnesota has governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, U.S. House and legislative races on their ballots. The other races depend on where you live and may or may not include local races.
In a return to pre-pandemic voting patterns, more of the vote — likely about 75 percent — will be in person on Election Day, rather than by mail or at early voting sites. Here’s a look at what’s at stake.