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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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73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


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