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There's a special election today to fill a vacant MN House seat

It marks the end of the 2016 election in Minnesota.

Minnesota's Legislature will get a new member Tuesday, marking the end of the 2016 election in Minnesota.

A special election is being held to fill the vacant District 32B seat in Chisago County.

The November election for the district was canceled by the Minnesota Supreme Court last fall when it ruled incumbent Republican Rep. Bob Barrett didn't live in the district. The court ordered a special election would need to be held to fill the vacancy.

That's happening Tuesday. Republican Anne Neu is facing Democrat Laurie Warner for the seat.

District 32B typically leans Republican, but special elections can be unpredictable because of low voter turnout. Plus, the Pioneer Press points out Democrats are hoping President Donald Trump's first month in office will benefit them, the Pioneer Press reports.

Warner told KSTP she's seen a large turnout from people who've never door knocked before, adding she's gotten help from across the state on her campaign.

"Special elections are weird things, they're kind of strange animals," Neu told the news station. "It's all about who turns up. So their people are really motivated, but so are ours."

No matter who wins, it won't matter much for who controls the House – Republicans have 19 more seats than Democrats, the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library's website shows.

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