Races for Washington draw most attention, but control of MN Capitol looms large

Presidential and Congressional elections and the Constitutional amendments garner most of the attention in this political season. But control of the Minnesota Capitol may have a more immediate impact on your taxes, schools, and health insurance. The DFL hopes to pick up four Senate seats and six in the House to gain majorities.

University of Minnesota political expert Larry Jacobs tells the Pioneer Press the legislative races are the "most consequential, uncovered political event in the state this year."

The contest for control of the Minnesota Capitol has not quite gone uncovered, but there's no doubt it's been overshadowed by the presidential campaign, a few key Congressional races, and the ballot initiatives. DFLers hope to gain control of both chambers, which would mean picking up four seats in the Senate and six in the House.

MinnPost identified 28 key races and reports that economic issues ("jobs, jobs, jobs") seem to be taking precedence. Southeastern Minnesota looks to be a battleground and the Rochester Post-Bulletin is tracking five races in that region that could help determine party control.

Fundraising groups backing each political party also have scorecards and are bankrolling ads in hopes of influencing the final tally.

You can look up the race in your district on this list. Or use an interactive map compiled by the Star Tribune.

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