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1976 Minnesota Senate election

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Minnesota Senate election, 1976

← 1972 November 2, 1976 (1976-11-02) 1980 →

All 67 seats in the Minnesota Senate
34 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Nick Coleman Bob Ashbach
Party Democratic (DFL) Ind.-Republican
Leader since 1970 1975
Leader's seat 65th–Saint Paul 48th–Saint Paul
Seats won 49 18
Popular vote 1,027,602 721,637

Majority Leader before election

Nick Coleman
Democratic (DFL)

Elected Majority Leader

Nick Coleman
Democratic (DFL)

The 1976 Minnesota Senate election was held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 2, 1976, to elect members to the Senate of the 70th and 71st Minnesota Legislatures. A primary election was held on September 14, 1976. This was the first partisan election of the Senate since 1910.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) won a majority of seats, followed by the Independent-Republicans of Minnesota. The new Legislature convened on January 4, 1977.

The Republican Party of Minnesota had changed its name to the Independent-Republican Party of Minnesota on November 15, 1975.


Summary of the November 2, 1976 Minnesota Senate election results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
No. %
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 65 1,027,602 49 73.13
Independent-Republicans of Minnesota 61 721,637 18 26.87
American Party of Minnesota 2 5,963 0 0.00
Socialist Workers Party of Minnesota 3 1,680 0 0.00
Freedom Party 1 1,085 0 0.00
Libertarian Party of Minnesota 2 922 0 0.00
Independent 7 33,661 0 0.00
Total 67 100.00
Turnout (out of 2,710,000 eligible voters)[1] 1,978,590 73.01% Increase2.70 pp
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Minnesota election statistics 1950-2014" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 13, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Minnesota General Election - November 2, 1976" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. pp. 9–173. Retrieved October 29, 2015.

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