Republicans clear victory in MNLEG district 2, “trifecta” of state government is DFL-controlled

Republicans prevailed in the District 2 races over their DFL-endorsed opponents.

The new Senate District 2 includes the boundaries of the White Earth, Leech Lake and Red Lake nations, covering a large swath of north-central Minnesota.

Steve Green leads the Senate District 2 race by 20 percentage points over DFL-er Alan Roy; Matt Grossell received about 9 percent more of the vote in the Minnesota House 2A seat than DFL-endorsed Reed Olson; and Matt Bliss led his DFL-endorsed opponent Erika Bailey-Johnson for House 2B by nearly 27 percentage points.

The DFL defied the projected “red wave” across the state, with DFL-ers projected to keep the Governor’s seat and House majority and take the Senate.

DFL party chair Ken Martin said there has only been one other “trifecta” in the past 31 years of Minnesota history, and during that time in 2013 and 2014, the DFL passed all-day Kindergarten, raised the minimum wage and legalized same-sex marriage.

In Minnesota’s 8 Congressional seats, Republicans keep Minnesota’s 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th, and Democrats keep Minnesota’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Steve Green

Matt Bliss

Matt Grossell


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