Minnesota Government Update - November 4, 2010

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In this issue: Governor's Race; State House Races; On the Senate Side; and DFL Caucuses Elect Leaders.

No one can say Minnesota elections are boring! Even the best pollsters and political handicappers were left scratching their heads as the final election tallies came in late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The evening began with the Democrats controlling both the House and Senate by considerable margins. So comfortable in fact, that the Senate DFL had a veto-proof majority and the House DFL was within 3 votes of enjoying a supermajority as well. After the election, both bodies will now be in Republican control for the first time in 38 years. When the 87th Legislature convenes Jan. 4, 2011, it is likely that 59 of the 201 members will be new, with only eight of the newly elected having previous legislative experience.

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