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Minnesota now only state legislature in nation divided between parties

Plus: Minnesota see near-record voter turnout; slick metro roads lead to crashes, spinouts; North Dakota rejects recreational cannabis; and more

Minnesota State Capitol
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Minnesota exceptionalism. The New Republic’s Alex Shephard reports: “For the first time in a century, there is only one divided state legislature in America. … The Democrats had a big night in Tuesday’s midterms, taking the House of Representative and making important gains at the state level, where they had been eviscerated over the previous decade. On Tuesday, they won full control of six state legislatures, including Colorado, New York, and Connecticut. As a result, there is only one divided state legislature left in the country: Minnesota, where Democrats flipped the state House from red to blue.”

Relatedly. KMSP reports: “After an exceptionally high turnout of early voting ballots, Minnesotans once again turned out to the polls in near-record fashion on Tuesday. … According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, preliminary estimates indicate that at least 2,593,922 voters participated either in-person or by absentee ballot, representing a 63.82 percent participation rate.”

Slick out there this morning. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “It’s hardly a big snow storm, but snow combined with temperatures at or just below freezing is all it takes to create slick conditions on metro area roads. In turn, that has led to scores of crashes and spin outs that at 8:55 a.m. continuted to mar the morning commute.”

Mellow harshed. The Fargo Forum’s Barry Amundson reports: “The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea. … In complete but unofficial results, the measure failed by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin. All 424 precincts had been reported.”

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