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Smart Politics Scorecard, Part II: State Legislative Roundup

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The Democratic party scored big wins across Upper Midwest state legislatures on Tuesday night. As projected here at Smart Politics, the Democrats picked up seats in all 8 chambers and took control of three of them: the Iowa House, Wisconsin Senate, and Minnesota House. Some democratic pickups - particularly in Minnesota - were even larger than those projected here on Monday. A few state legislative races were very close, and will likely have recounts; below is a summary of the unofficial election returns.

Iowa House
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +5; Democrats win control of House.
Election results: Democrats +5; Democrats win control of House, 54-46.

Iowa Senate
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +3; Democrats maintain control of Senate.
Election results: Democrats +5; Democrats maintain control of Senate, 30-20.

Wisconsin Assembly
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +7; GOP retains control of Assembly.
Election results: Democrats +8; GOP retains control of Assembly, 52-47.

Wisconsin Senate
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +3; Democrats win control of Senate.
Election results: Democrats +4; Democrats win control of Senate, 18-15.

Minnesota House
Smart Politics projection: DFL +7; DFL wins control of House.
Election results: DFL +19; DFL wins control of House, 85-49.

Minnesota Senate
Smart Politics projection: DFL +2; DFL retains control of Senate.
Election results: DFL +6; DFL retains control of Senate, 44-23.

South Dakota House
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +4; GOP retains control of House.
Election results: Democrats +1; GOP retains control of House, 50-20.

South Dakota Senate
Smart Politics projection: Democrats +2; GOP retains control of Senate.
Election results: Democrats +5; GOP retains control of Senate, 20-15.

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