Will Republicans keep control of the Minnesota House and Senate? Will divided government prevail again in Minnesota? Can Republican incumbents hang on to 12 suburban House seats that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016? Will DFLers keep their seats in seven districts that Donald Trump won two years ago? Minnesota voters braved a chilly rain-snow mix Tuesday to cast ballots in high-profile elections for governor and attorney general, two U.S. Senate seats and at least four hotly contested congressional races around the state. They also were voting in less-noisy contests that will decide which party will be in charge of the Legislature next year. Most of the 134 seats in the state House are in reliably red (greater Minnesota) or blue (Minneapolis and St. Paul) districts. So the battle for control was waged most intensely in about 20 swing districts, primarily in the suburbs. While Minnesotans across the state were being inundated with negative TV attack ads, voters in competitive suburban districts were also buried in stacks of campaign mailings and visits by door-knocking legislative candidates and their supporters. Republicans rolled into the election with a 77-57 House majority. So Democrats needed to pick up 11 additional seats to take back… Read full this story
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