In Minnesota, the question over whether this is a blue, purple or red state has been laid to rest. Minnesota is a Blue state. No Republican has been elected statewide since 2008, and then only by a plurality. In this election, Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow (R) received the highest percentage of any Republican candidate with 45.09% but that race against Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-MN08) also had 316,645 or 9.83% fewer votes cast than in US Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (DFL-MN) reelection. This was slightly less than our prediction of a 10% fall off.
Fall of is a consistent reality in elections and it occurred in the following Special Election for US Senator Tina Smith (DFL-MN) where 8,558 or .33% fewer people voted in the subsequent contest. The third race on the ballot for Governor and saw an additional 67 people not vote on that race.
We have discussed this impact on elections down the ballot. In Ramsey County 245,409 voted in the Klobuchar US Senate race, but 45,150 fewer people voted in the Sheriff race which if all had voted down the ballot a different result could have occurred.
The consolidation of the state legislative delegation in the Metropolitan area contained by the 494/694 corridor is entirely blue, and many of the bordering suburbs are as well. This concentration is not the entirety of the DFL Party’s House majority, but it is the dominant portion. Pockets of House DFL support exist in the regional center Duluth and on the Iron Range, in Rochester, Mankato, Morehead, Bemidji, and St Cloud.
The DFL victories in 18 different contests resulted in a majority in the House of 75 votes and there is a recount pending which could extend it to 76. This will play a significant role in what priorities the body of origin for fiscal bills.
Communities with Republican representation should prepare for their own budget cuts and less financial support from the state.
As the lesson was taught at the hands of Republican majorities you reward your friends and crush your enemies, or at least starve them.