DFL takes control of the Minnesota House, GOP keeps the Senate

It mirrored what happened at the national level.
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There will be a big change in the Minnesota Legislature next year, with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party taking control from the Republicans.

The DFL went into the night needing to flip 11 seats from red to blue in order to win control of the House.

And they made gains early on, starting with Heather Edelson flipping Dario Anselmo's District 49B (Edina) from GOP to Democratic control.

Elsewhere, the DFL's Kelly Morrison beat Rep. Cindy Pugh in House District 33B (Excelsior), and Ginny Klevorn beat GOP Rep. Sarah Anderson in her Plymouth district.

As more seats went blue, House Speaker Kurt Daudt called House Minority Leader Melissa Hortmann to concede defeat.

"Democrats had a narrow path through the suburbs in districts won by Hillary Clinton, and it appears they were able to flip those seats despite strong performances from our candidates," Daudt said in a statement.

The Democrats made most of their gains in the Twin Cities suburbs, mirroring Democratic gains across the nation including in Minnesota's congressional races, which saw the suburban 2nd and 3rd Districts vote DFL.

Having control of the House will make life easier for soon-to-be DFL governor Tim Walz, though he'll still have to contend with the Republicans' slim majority in the Senate.

That's because Senate District 13, which was vacated by Michelle Fischbach as she took up her position as Gov. Mark Dayton's Lieutenant Governor, stayed red.

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The special election to replace Fischbach was about more than just filling the District 13 vacancy, it also meant control of the Senate for the winning party.

In a Republican-leaning district, Jeff Howe was a relatively comfortable winner over Democratic challenger Joe Perske.

Minnesota is now the only state in the nation that has a legislature where the two branches are split between parties, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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