Get ready for another recount. Democrat Mark Dayton has a nine thousand vote lead over Republican Tom Emmer. That’s within the automatic recount margin and it appears the GOP is gearing up for a heavy battle. Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton has scheduled a 10AM news conference to discuss the party’s recount efforts.
Dayton is the last hope for Democrats who hope to hold at least one portion of Minnesota’s State Government. The reason: Republicans rolled in the Minnesota Legislature. The GOP picked up 16 seats in the Minnesota Senate forcing the Democrats to go from a veto proof majority to the State Office Building.
Republicans in the House picked up at least 24 seats in the Minnesota House. There are two other seats in play at this point.
In all, 32 DFL incumbents went down. Big names like Al Juhnke, Bernie Lieder, Leo Foley and Don Betzold all lost their seats.
Race for Congress
Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District will have new representation for the first time since 1974. Republican Chip Cravaack upset DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar. It’s the first time the GOP will represent Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since 1948. Think about that – Harry Truman was president.
All of the other incumbents in Minnesota’s delegation won reelection. MPR takes a look at how GOP control of the U.S. House will change Minnesota’s clout.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Auditor Rebecca Otto, all Democrats, were all reelected on Tuesday.