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1998 Minnesota House of Representatives election

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Minnesota House of Representatives election, 1998

← 1996 November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03) 2000 →

All 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives
68 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Steve Sviggum Phil Carruthers
Party Republican DFL
Leader since April 17, 1992 November 7, 1996
Leader's seat 28B–Kenyon 47B–Brooklyn Center
Last election 64 seats 70 seats
Seats won 71 63
Seat change Increase7 Decrease7
Popular vote 1,050,635 934,919
Percentage 52.18% 46.43%

Speaker before election

Phil Carruthers
DFL

Elected Speaker

Steve Sviggum
Republican

The 1998 Minnesota House of Representatives election was held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 3, 1998, to elect members to the House of Representatives of the 81st Minnesota Legislature. A primary election was held on September 15, 1998.

The Republican Party of Minnesota won a majority of seats, defeating the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), which had a majority since the 1986 election. The new Legislature convened on January 6, 1999.

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‍[ Democrat voice ] Resolved: that the Democratic Party does explicitly declare ‍that after four years of ‍failure to restore the Union ‍by the experiment of war, ‍the Constitution itself has ‍been disregarded in every part… ‍Resolved: That we approve ‍and applaud the practical wisdom of Abraham Lincoln that we  approve, especially, the Proclamation of Emancipation… [ Ritchie ] If you’re a nation devoted to freedom but weary of war, do you see that the war is moving in a positive direction in the sense of preserving freedom and reuniting the nation? Or do you see the war dragging on and on without resolution and therefore suing for peace or peace with honor? [ Atkins ] Lincoln had to be re-elected. If the North had any hope of perservering, the ’64 election was really key. [ narrator ] Though ravaged by four years of civil war, the United States dared to hold a national election in 1864. Four years earlier in 1860, the majority of Minnesotans, voting in their first presidential election, had chosen Lincoln.   Within months of his election, Southern states began seceding, and civil war broke out. The war turned out to be much harder and longer than most could possibly imagine. In 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant, handpicked by President Lincoln, suffered a staggering loss of men in the Overland campaign. Newspapers referred to him as “butcher Grant.” [ Atkins ] Those elections were hard fought in the newspapers. They are so partisan and often they will even say ‘Democrat’ in the title or ‘Republican’ in the title. [ narrator ] The Democrats nominated President Lincoln’s former general George McClellan and adopted a peace platform that would rescind Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and ensure that slavery would survive in the South. With women not yet allowed to vote, the election rested on 800,000 Union soldiers. Both parties courted their vote. [ Republican voice ] Resolved: that the thanks of the American people are due to the soldiers and sailors of the Army and Navy, who have periled their lives… [ Democrat voice ] Resolved: that the sympathy of the Democratic Party is heartily and earnestly extended to the soldiers of our army and the seamen of our navy. [ Ritchie ] There was fear that over half of our eligible voting population would eventually be mobilized. There was discussion, should soldiers working under the president be voting for “their boss,” or should soldiers whose job it was was carrying out the policy of the nation be voting on that policy? A much bigger question was, “Hey, a huge percent of our voters are out of state. What are we going to do here?” Their solution was to send commissioners out to where our soldiers were. Those commissioners then had the responsibility to get ballots into the hands of Minnesotans. [ narrator ]Just months earlier, Lincoln had called up another 500,000 men to join the Union. Many were draftees as enthusiasm among the earlier volunteers waned. [ Osman ] The First Minnesota in particular, when they came home in February 1864, very few of them, only around 60wanted to re-enlist. They had had enough of all of this. [ Atkins ] In Minnesota the Democrats were a strong party. It’s also that the Republicans weren’t just against slavery, the Republicans were also against alcohol. They were also against immigrants. Stearns County, for example, which is almost completely German in 1864, goes almost completely Democrat. And I don’t think that that’s anti-Lincoln, but I think it’s anti-Prohibition and I think it’s pro-immigrant. So the issues on the ground were much more complicated than they were nationally. [ narrator ] But late victories on the battlefield aided by two Minnesota regiments translated to votes for Lincoln at the ballot box. The First Battery of Minnesota Light Artillery and the Second and Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry fought in Union General Sherman’s campaign that led to the fall of Atlanta in September 1864. [ Ritchie ] Victory in Atlanta came at, in a sense, just the right time for Lincoln to help give the nation a sense that victory was possible. Not easy, not immediate, not tomorrow, but possible. [ narrator ] In Minnesota, voters gave Lincoln a decisive victory, 59 percent to McClellan’s 41 percent. Even St. Paul’s Weekly Pioneer and Democrat newspaper reported that with Lincoln’s re-election, slavery was finally dead: [ newspaper voice ] “So far then as the North is concerned slavery is a doomed institution." [ Ritchie ] So those Minnesotans who died of disease or were injured badly or were killed on the battlefield, all of their sacrifices gave Lincoln the political momentum he needed to be re-elected and then to be able to finish and prosecute that war. [ narrator ] At his second inaugural on March 4, 1865, Lincoln laid out a vision for the nation after the war. [ Lincoln ] Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan. [ Ritchie ] I’m often giving tours of our state capitol. It was built with statues, murals, paintings, plaques on the inside to remind us about the sacrifice of those Civil War veterans because they’re the ones who paid for our state capitol. I think it’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. [ Lincoln ] To do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Results

Summary of the November 3, 1998 Minnesota House of Representatives election results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
No. % No. No. %
Republican Party of Minnesota 134 1,050,635 52.18 71 Increase7 52.99
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 127 934,919 46.43 63 Decrease7 47.01
Reform Party of Minnesota 14 18,949 0.94 0 Steady 0.00
Grassroots Party of Minnesota 1 1,270 0.06 0 Steady 0.00
Libertarian Party of Minnesota 1 1,121 0.06 0 Steady 0.00
Independent 2 1,964 0.10 0 Steady 0.00
Write-in N/A 4,654 0.23 0 Steady 0.00
Total 2,013,500 100.00 134 ±0 100.00
Invalid/blank votes 92,484 4.39
Turnout (out of 3,378,089 eligible voters)[1] 2,105,984 62.34 Decrease4.27 pp
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State,[2] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Minnesota election statistics 1950-2014" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved August 13, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "State House of Representatives Official Results" (PDF). Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Party Control of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 1951-present". Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved October 29, 2015.


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