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1980 Minnesota Senate election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Minnesota Senate election, 1980

← 1976 November 4, 1980 (1980-11-04) 1982 →

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 (retired) 48th–Saint Paul
Last election 49 seats 18 seats
Seats before 45 22
Seats won 45 22
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,024,624 823,711

Majority Leader before election

Nick Coleman
Democratic (DFL)

Elected Majority Leader

Roger Moe
Democratic (DFL)

The 1980 Minnesota Senate election was held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 4, 1980, to elect members to the Senate of the 72nd Minnesota Legislature. A primary election was held on September 9, 1980.

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) won a majority of seats, remaining the majority party, followed by the Independent-Republicans of Minnesota. The new Legislature convened on January 6, 1981.


Summary of the November 4, 1980 Minnesota Senate election results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
No. No. %
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 67 1,024,624 45 Steady 67.16
Independent-Republicans of Minnesota 60 823,711 22 Steady 32.84
Independent 2 8,876 0 Steady 0.00
Total 67 ±0 100.00
Turnout (out of 2,882,406 eligible voters)[1] 2,079,411 72.14% Decrease0.87 pp
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State,[2] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Minnesota election statistics 1950-2014" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 13, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Minnesota Election Results 1980" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota Senate, 1951-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
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