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DFL Fails to Win Supermajority in Minnesota House

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As projected at Smart Politics , the Republican Party successfully prevented the DFL from reaching a supermajority of 90 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Smart Politics projected a net gain of 3 seats for a total of 88 for the DFL; unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s Office suggest the DFL gained a net 2 seats for a total of 87 seats. At 47 seats, the GOP is at its lowest total in the House since the 1992 election.

The DFL took control of 6 Republican seats: Districts 16A, 26A, 37B, 38B, 41B, and 49B. Republicans picked up Districts 28A, 31B, 37A, and 51A.

Two of the three remaining members of the Republican “Override 6? won re-election Tuesday evening: Rod Hamilton (22B) and Jim Abeler (48B). Ron Erhardt of Edina (41A), however, lost his bid running as an independent in a close three-way race. Republican Keith Downey won the district.

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