Two Special Elections Might Impact Legislative Balance of Power

February 09, 2018 07:54 PM

No matter what happens in two special elections on Monday, Republicans will still control the Minnesota House and Senate.

In the metro area, Republican Denny McNamara and Democrat Karla Bigham are running in Senate District 54, where Democrat Dan Schoen resigned after sexual misconduct allegations. Republicans have a one-vote majority in the Senate that will either stay that way, or grow to a two-seat majority if McNamara win.


Senate District 54 encompasses cities like Hastings, Newport and Cottage Grove.

In southern Minnesota, House District 23B is up for grabs after Tony Cornish resigned, also after sexual misconduct allegations.  Republican Jeremy Munson is facing off with Democrat Melissa Wagner.


Tom Hauser

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