Democrat Mary Jo McGuire is headed back to the Minnesota Legislature. With all of the precincts reporting, McGuire won 80 percent of the vote in a special election to replace DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson. She defeated Republican Greg Copeland to win a seat in the Minnesota Senate. The district includes St. Paul and Falcon Heights.
Gov. Dayton called the special election after he appointed Anderson to the Public Utilities Commission.
McGuire was a member of the Minnesota House between 1989 and 2002. She retired from that body after redistricting forced her to share a House District with DFL Rep. Alice Hausman.
McGuire’s victory doesn’t change the makeup of the Minnesota Senate. Republicans currently hold a seven seat majority in that body.