At the Table – Special Edition: Election 2020

Friday, November 6, 2020

In what continues to be a historic election, Minnesota saw record voter turnout. More than 3 million of the 4 million eligible voters cast ballots, equating to 78% voter turnout, the highest seen since 2008. Although final Minnesota election results will not be called until November 11, party control at the state level is unlikely to change, again making Minnesota the only state with a divided legislature. The Medical Alley Association will continue to provide updates, including details on how this will affect the 2021 legislative session. Here is how the landscape looks as of November 6: 

Federal

Minnesota’s congressional delegation ends the election in an even split: four Democrats and four Republicans. After a 30-year tenure in the House, Collin Peterson lost Minnesota’s 7th congressional district to Michelle Fishbach, a former Lieutenant Governor, who served 22 years as a State Senator. 

Incumbent Angie Craig (MN-2) won her re-election against opponent, Tyler Kistner. In September, Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks died, causing substantial ambiguity about whether the election would be held in November as scheduled or postponed until a special election in February 2021. In the end, courts ruled to proceed with the November election. 

State

The DFL still controls the House, while the GOP holds the Senate by a narrow margin. The makeup as of 12 p.m. on November 6 shows the Senate holding a one-seat GOP majority and the House retaining their DFL majority by four seats.  

Party control remains the same in both the House and Senate, as does their caucus leadership. The Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus re-elected Paul Gazelka as majority leader and the Senate DFL re-elected Susan Kent as minority leader.  

In the Minnesota House, the DFL caucus re-elected Melissa Hortman as Speaker of the House-designate and Majority Leader Winkler, who was challenged by Representative Jamie Becker-Finn — a member of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus (POCI). The House GOP meets today to choose their caucus leader.  

The final Minnesota state election results will be called early next week, but here are the results as they stand at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 6:

Disclaimer: Due to court order, absentee ballots will continue to be accepted after election day. These unofficial results will not be complete until November 11, 2020.

President of the United States

Incumbent: Pres. Donald Trump 

  • Pres. Donald Trump (GOP) – 1,484,436; 45.28% 
  • Joe Biden (DFL) – 1,717,665; 52.39%

United States Senate 

Incumbent: Sen. Tina Smith (DFL) 

  • Jason Lewis (GOP) – 1,398,350; 43.49% 
  • Sen. Tina Smith (DFL) – 1,567,165; 48.74% 

1st Congressional District 

Incumbent: Rep. Jim Hagedorn (GOP) 

  • Rep. Jim Hagedorn (GOP) – 178,878; 48.57% 
  • Dan Feehan (DFL) – 167,689; 45.54%

2nd Congressional District 

Incumbent: Rep. Angie Craig (DFL) 

  • Tyler Kistner (GOP) – 194,245; 45.94% 
  • Rep. Angie Craig (DFL) – 203,640; 48.16% 
  • Adam Charles Weeks (Legal Marijuana Now) – 24,644; 5.83% 

7th Congressional District 

Incumbent: Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) 

  • Michelle Fischbach (GOP) – 193,954; 53.40% 
  • Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) – 144,715; 39.84% 

8th Congressional District  

Incumbent: Rep. Pete Stauber (GOP) 

  • Rep. Pete Stauber (GOP) – 223,493; 56.75% 
  • Quinn Nystrom (DFL) – 147,932; 37.56%  

State Legislative Races 

Minnesota State Senate 

Current Makeup: 35 R – 32 DFL 

Makeup as of 12 p.m. 11/6/20: 34 R – 33 DFL

2 Flip to GOP; 3 Flip to DFL

Results In Key Races 

SD14
  • Sen. Jerry Relph (GOP): 17,994; 45.59% 
  • Aric Putnam (DFL): 18,315; 46.40% 
  • Jaden Partlow (Legal Marijuana Now): 3,121; 7.91% 

Result: Flip to DFL 

SD25
  • Sen. Dave Senjem (GOP – I): 25,008; 51.21% 
  • Sara Flick (DFL): 23,776; 48.68% 

Result: Hold GOP 

SD26
  • Sen. Carla Nelson (GOP – I): 24,732; 50.85% 
  • Aletta Borud (DFL): 23,828; 49% 

Result: Hold GOP 

SD27
  • Gene Dornink (GOP): 19,746; 49.05% 
  • Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL): 17,831; 44.29% 
  • Tyler Bevcar (Legal Marijuana Now): 2,653; 6.59% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

SD34
  • Sen. Warren Limmer (R – I): 29,339; 50.74% 
  • Bonnie Westlin (DFL): 28,439; 49.18% 

Result: Hold GOP 

SD44
  • Greg Pulles: 23,747; 41.22% 
  • Ann Johnson Stewart 33,844; 58.74% 

Result: Flip to DFL (Incumbent GOP Senator Retired) 

SD53
  • Sen. Susan Kent (DFL – I): 29,529; 54.08% 
  • Mary Guiliani-Stephens (GOP): 25,019 45.82% 

*Sen. Kent is the Senate Minority Leader 

Result: Hold DFL 

SD56
  • Sen. Dan Hall (GOP – I): 23,022; 46.86% 
  • Lindsey Port (DFL): 26,050; 53.03% 

Result: Flip to DFL 

SD58
  • Zach Duckworth (GOP): 28,927; 55.18% 
  • Sen. Matt Little (DFL – I): 23,452; 44.73% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

Minnesota House of Representatives 

Current Makeup: 75 DFL – 59 GOP 

Makeup as of 12 p.m. 11/6/20: 70 DFL – 64 GOP

5 Flip to GOP

Results in Key Races 

HD 4B 
  • Brian Anderson (GOP): 10,758; 47.22% 
  • Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL – I): 12,014; 52.73% 

Result: Hold DFL 

HD 5A 
  • Matt Bliss (GOP): 11,474; 53.36% 
  • Rep. John Persell (DFL – I): 9,993; 46.47% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

HD 6A 
  • Robert Farnsworth (GOP): 10,734; 49.85% 
  • Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL – I): 10,775; 50.04% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

HD19A 
  • Susan Akland (GOP): 11,616; 50.15% 
  • Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL – I): 11,508; 49.6% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

HD27B 
  • Patricia Mueller (GOP): 9,899; 51.51% 
  • Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL – I): 9,296; 48.38% 

Result: Flip to GOP  

HD33B 
  • Andrew Myers (GOP): 13, 884; 49.42% 
  • Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL – I): 14,193; 50.52% 

Result: Hold DFL 

HD38B 
  • Elliott Engen (GOP): 13,805; 49.76% 
  • Rep. Ami Wazlawik (DFL – I): 13,904; 50.12% 

Result: Hold DFL 

HD 39B
  • Joe Garafalo (GOP): 13,778; 49.54% 
  • Rep. Shelly Christiansen (DFL – I): 14,017; 50.40% 

Result: Hold DFL 

HD 47B 
  • Rep. Greg Boe (GOP – I): 14,1609; 51.54% 
  • Dan Kessler (DFL): 13,286; 48.33% 

Result: Hold GOP 

HD54A 
  • Keith Franke (GOP): 12,122; 51.41% 
  • Rep. Anne Claflin (DFL – I): 11,427; 48.46% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

HD 55A 
  • Erik Mortensen (GOP): 10,923; 47.42% 
  • Rep. Brad Tabke (DFL): 10,364; 44.99% 
  • Ryan Martin (Legal Marijuana Now): 1,705; 7.40% 

Result: Flip to GOP 

HD 56A 
  • Pam Myhra (GOP): 12,293; 48.26%  
  • Jessica Hanson (DFL): 13,151; 51.63% 

Result: Hold DFL (Current DFL Representative Retired) 

HD 56B  
  • Roz Peterson (GOP): 10,929; 47.47% 
  • Kaela Berg (DFL): 12,063; 52.40% 

Result: Hold DFL (Current DFL Representative Retired) 

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