After one of the most historic nights in U.S. politics, Minnesota voters showed once again that they are an independent lot. With the entire majority of the Minnesota House of Representatives up for reelection, three U.S. House seats in play and a U.S. Senate seat in the national spotlight, Minnesota voters demonstrated that they are both bipartisan and unpredictable. Here is what we know, as the votes continue to be counted:
- The Minnesota House of Representatives will remain in the control of the DFL. House DFL leadership were hopeful that they could replicate the veto-proof Minnesota Senate by picking up five additional seats. Instead, Minnesota voters delivered two additional seats to Minnesota DFLers, bringing their total to 87, three shy of a veto-proof majority.
- Two Minnesota Senate special elections were won by the DFL majority, increasing their huge veto-proof margin to 46 to 21.
- All of Minnesota’s U.S. Congressional incumbents were reelected. Rep. Tim Walz (Democrat-1st C.D.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Republican-6th C.D.), both targets for defeat, were handily reelected.
- Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, traditionally a Republican district and a target of national Republicans and Democrats alike, will have a new congressional representative in former Republican House Majority Leader Erik Paulsen. Paulsen, written off as the underdog, won handily over his Democratic opponent in a race that captured much national attention.
- Although in a statistical dead heat, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman will likely be returning to Congress. Al Franken, the DFL challenger, trailed Coleman late Wednesday by 476 votes. Although Coleman has publicly declared victory, Franken has stated he will be asking for a recount.