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November 11, 2018 05:37 PM

2018 Midterm Elections: A Night of Historic Victories in Minnesota

Governor-elect Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan and 3rd District Congressman-elect Dean Phillips join Tom Hauser in studio to discuss their election night victories and their top priorities once they take office


A night of historic wins in Minnesota in the 2018 midterm elections will lead to a very different political landscape over the next two years on both the state and national level.

More Minnesotans than ever before turned out this year to vote in a midterm election, both on Tuesday and through early absentee voting. Those voters sent some pretty clear signals about the direction they want to see for Minnesota and the country.

Election Day 2018: Complete Election Results

Minnesotans voted DFL candidates Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan into the office of governor and lieutenant governor. This guarantees the DFL will hold onto the office for at least four more years after Mark Dayton leaves office.

Five of Minnesota's eight Congressional members will be new. Democrats Angie Craig and Dean Phillips flipped the 2nd and 3rd districts from Republican to Democratic control. In the 1st and 8th District, Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber won their respective races, flipping those seats from blue to red. Ilhan Omar's victory in the 5th District means she will be the first Somali-American, the first refugee and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Voters also re-elected Betty McCollum in the 4th District, Tom Emmer in the 6th District and Collin Peterson in the 7th District. 

Minnesotans re-elected U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith to office. Smith will be up for re-election in 2020 as she finishes the final two years of the term previously held by Al Franken.

DFLers swept the state executive races with voters choosing Keith Ellison as attorney general, Steve Simon as secretary of state and Julie Blaha as state auditor.

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Amanda Theisen

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