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Republicans win 2 special elections in Minnesota Tuesday

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Republican candidates came out on top in two special special elections held Tuesday.

The GOP-majority Minnesota House gained another Republican seat when voters in Bloomington narrowly elected Chad Anderson, a local real estate agent, over Democrat Andrew Carlson for the House District 50B seat.

The Secretary of State's website shows Anderson won 51.24 percent of the vote, compared to Carlson's 48.66 percent.

The special election filled the seat of longtime DFL Rep. Ann Lenczewski, who resigned her seat in December, the Minnesota Legislature's website shows.

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The Star Tribune says Bloomington has leaned Democrat during Lenczewski's tenure, but went Republican Tuesday with the help of an ad that criticized Carlson, a Bloomington City Council member, for voting to raise property taxes.

Abeler wins District 35 seat

Republicans maintained a seat in the Minnesota Senate Tuesday as voters elected Republican Jim Abeler to fill the District 35 seat vacated by Sen. Branden Petersen after he resigned last fall.

Abeler, a former state representative, easily beat his opponents, Democrat Roger Johnson and Zachary Phelps of the Legal Marijuana Now party, winning more than 73 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State's website.

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Both Anderson and Abeler will be up for election again this fall, MPR News reports, noting all 201 legislative seats will be on the ballot.

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