Democrats win Minnesota Senate to control state government

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats have taken control of both houses of the Minnesota Legislature, putting the party in control of state government for the first time since 2014.

Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller conceded Wednesday morning that his party had lost its majority to Senate Democrats. That followed a concession earlier Wednesday from GOP Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and the re-election of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday night.

With several legislative races yet to be called Wednesday morning, Democrats appeared to be close to surpassing the 68 seats they needed to preserve their majority in the House, while Democrats appeared to have the 34 seats they needed. needed to control the Senate.

All 201 seats were on the ballot, but millions of dollars were poured into a score of legislative races considered truly competitive.

The Minneapolis-St. Suburban Paul was the main battleground, but Iron Range districts and other communities in Greater Minnesota were also at stake. Republicans pledged to fight crime and inflation, while the Democrats are committed to defending the right to abortion.

Prior to the election, Minnesota was one of only three states, besides Alaska and Virginia, where legislative control was divided. But Minnesota has a long history of divided government.

The current shared control of the Legislature — with Democrats leading the House and the governor’s office with Republicans in the Senate — led to a stalemate this year, when parties adjourned the legislative session without agreeing on how to use most of a $9.25 billion budget surplus. The only time Minnesota has seen single-party control in the past 30 years was when Democrats held full power in 2013-14.

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