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2016 Minnesota Senate election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Minnesota Senate election, 2016

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All 67 seats in the Minnesota Senate
34 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
TomBakk cropped.JPG
Leader David Hann Tom Bakk
Party Republican Democratic–Farmer–Labor
Leader since November 9, 2012 November 4, 2010
Leader's seat 48th–Eden Prairie
(defeated)
3rd–Cook
Last election 28 seats, 43.49% 39 seats, 55.83%
Seats won 34 33
Seat change Increase6 Decrease6
Popular vote 1,377,128 1,409,775
Percentage 48.96 50.12
Swing Increase5.47 pp Decrease5.71 pp

MN Senate 2016.svg
Results by district

Majority Leader before election

Tom Bakk
Democratic–Farmer–Labor

Elected Majority Leader

Paul Gazelka
Republican

The 2016 Minnesota Senate election was held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 8, 2016, to elect members to the Senate of the 90th and 91st Minnesota Legislatures. A primary election was held in several districts on August 9, 2016. The election coincided with the election of the other house of the Legislature, the House of Representatives.

The Republican Party of Minnesota won a majority of seats, defeating the majority of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL). This was the first election for the DFL since it won a majority of seats in the 2012 election, after losing a majority to the Republicans in the 2010 election. The new Legislature convened on January 3, 2017.

Background

The last election resulted in the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) winning a majority of seats, after losing a majority to the Republican Party of Minnesota only two years earlier in the previous election. This resulted in the Republicans losing the only majority they have had since the return of partisan elections to the Senate in 1976. In conjunction with the result of the House election, it also resulted in the return of all-DFL control of the Legislature since 2010 as well as the return of all-party and all-DFL control of the Legislature and governorship since 1990, which ended with the election of a Republican majority to the House in 2014.

Electoral system

The 67 members of the Senate were elected from single-member districts via first-past-the-post voting for four-year terms. Contested nominations of the DFL and Republican parties for each district were determined by an open primary election. Minor party and independent candidates were nominated by petition. Write-in candidates must have filed a request with the secretary of state's office for votes for them to have been counted.

Retiring members

DFL

Republican

Competitive districts

According to MinnPost, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and MPR News, a total of 19 districts were competitive. MinnPost considered 12 districts to be competitive—10 of which were held by the DFL and two by the Republicans,[15] the Star Tribune 19—13 of which were held by the DFL and six by the Republicans,[16] the Pioneer Press six—five of which were held by the DFL and one by the Republicans,[17] and MPR News nine—seven of which were held by the DFL and two by the Republicans.[18]

District Incumbent Party First
elected
2012
result
MinnPost[15]
(November 3, 2016)
Star Tribune[16]
(September 16, 2016)
Pioneer Press[17]
(October 18, 2016)
MPR News[18]
(September 22, 2016)
Result
1 LeRoy Stumpf DFL 1982 60.59% Yes Yes No Yes Republican gain
2 Rod Skoe DFL 2002 54.92% Yes Yes No Yes Republican gain
4 Kent Eken DFL 2012 52.17% No Yes No No Hold
14 John Pederson Republican 2010 52.47% Yes Yes No Yes Hold
17 Lyle Koenen DFL 2012* 55.40% Yes Yes No Yes Republican gain
20 Kevin Dahle DFL 2008*, 2012 50.02% Yes Yes Yes No Republican gain
21 Matt Schmit DFL 2012 52.43% Yes Yes Yes Yes Republican gain
24 Vicki Jensen DFL 2012 52.60% Yes Yes No Yes Republican gain
26 Carla Nelson Republican 2010 55.62% No Yes No No Hold
32 Sean Nienow§ Republican 2002, 2010 54.25% No Yes No No Hold
36 John Hoffman DFL 2012 53.10% Yes Yes Yes Yes Hold
37 Alice Johnson DFL 2012 53.23% Yes Yes No No Hold
44 Terri Bonoff DFL 2005* 55.81% Yes Yes Yes Yes Republican gain
48 David Hann Republican 2002 51.32% Yes Yes Yes Yes DFL gain
49 Melisa Franzen DFL 2012 52.74% No Yes No No Hold
53 Susan Kent DFL 2012 52.13% No Yes No No Hold
56 Dan Hall Republican 2010 53.92% No Yes No No Hold
57 Greg Clausen DFL 2012 54.09% Yes Yes Yes No Hold
58 Dave Thompson Republican 2010 57.60% No Yes No No DFL gain
*Elected in a special election.[19]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[20]
‡Retired; did not seek re-election.
§Lost primary election for party's nomination.

Primary elections results

District Party Candidates Votes %
1 Republican Mark Johnson[21] 2,561 83.99
Edwin Dale Hahn[22] 488 16.01
DFL Kip Fontaine[23] 2,369 77.47
Jual Carlson[22] 689 22.53
5 Republican Justin Eichorn[24] 1,485 73.26
Pedie Pederson[25] 542 26.74
DFL Tom Saxhaug 2,140 100.00
15 Republican Andrew Mathews[26] 1,938 63.92
Dan Whitcomb[27] 1,094 36.08
DFL Chilah Brown[28] 657 58.71
Rob Passons[29] 462 41.29
23 Republican Julie Rosen 2,706 100.00
DFL Barbara Lake[30] 967 67.96
John Lillis[30] 456 32.04
24 Republican John Jasinski 983 100.00
DFL Vicki Jensen[31] 1,430 89.77
Rich Bailey[32] 163 10.23
27 Republican Gene Dornink[33] 948 69.15
Cynthia Gail[34] 423 30.85
DFL Dan Sparks 1,379 100.00
32 Republican Mark Koran[35] 1,709 63.39
Sean Nienow[35] 987 36.61
DFL Tim Nelson 964 100.00
52 Republican Mark Misukanis 2,482 100.00
DFL Matt Klein[36] 3,678 69.21
Todd Podgorski[37] 1,636 30.79
53 Republican Sharna Wahlgren[38] 745 65.81
Bill Dahn[38] 387 34.19
DFL Susan Kent 2,290 100.00
59 Republican Jennifer Carnahan 293 100.00
DFL Bobby Joe Champion[39] 4,020 81.99
Patwin Lawrence[40] 883 18.01
62 Republican Bruce Lundeen 165 100.00
DFL Jeff Hayden[40] 3,711 72.85
Mohamoud Hassan[41] 1,383 27.15
64 Republican Ian Baird[42] 461 64.48
Sharon Anderson[42] 254 35.52
DFL Dick Cohen 8,213 100.00

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[43]

Opinion polling

Polling firm Polling period Sample
size
Margin of
error
DFL Republican Undecided
Public Policy Polling July 30 – August 2, 2015 1,015 RV ±3.1 pp 46% 40% 15%

Results

Summary of the November 8, 2016, Minnesota Senate election results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
No. % pp No. No. %
Republican Party of Minnesota 65 1,377,128 48.96 Increase5.47 34 Increase6 50.75
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 67 1,409,775 50.12 Decrease5.71 33 Decrease6 49.25
Legal Marijuana Now Party 1 8,861 0.32 Increase0.32 0 Steady 0.00
Libertarian Party of Minnesota 3 7,899 0.28 Increase0.28 0 Steady 0.00
Independence Party of Minnesota 1 3,197 0.11 Decrease0.11 0 Steady 0.00
Write-in N/A 5,964 0.21 Decrease0.05 0 Steady 0.00
Total 2,812,824 100.00 ±0.00 67 ±0 100.00
Invalid/blank votes 155,457 5.24 Positive decrease1.77
Turnout (out of 3,972,330 eligible voters)[44] 2,968,281 74.72 Decrease1.70
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State,[45] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library[46]

District results

District Incumbent Candidates
Name Party First elected Name Party Votes % Winner
Party
1 LeRoy Stumpf DFL 1982 Mark Johnson[47] Republican 23,108 61.41 Republican
Kip Fontaine[47] DFL 14,501 38.54
2 Rod Skoe DFL 2002 Paul Utke[48] Republican 22,232 56.60 Republican
Rod Skoe[49] DFL 17,002 43.29
3 Tom Bakk DFL 2002 Tom Bakk[50] DFL 26,977 61.36 DFL
Jennifer Havlick[51] Republican 16,923 38.49
4 Kent Eken DFL 2012 Kent Eken[52] DFL 21,420 55.13 DFL
James Leiman[53] Republican 17,382 44.74
5 Tom Saxhaug DFL 2002 Justin Eichorn[54] Republican 20,240 50.59 Republican
Tom Saxhaug[55] DFL 19,687 49.21
6 David Tomassoni DFL 2000 David Tomassoni[56] DFL 26,260 62.69 DFL
Skeeter Tomczak[56] Republican 15,555 37.13
7 Roger Reinert DFL 2010 Erik Simonson[57] DFL 27,677 65.50 DFL
Donna Bergstrom[58] Republican 14,470 34.25
8 Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican 2006 Bill Ingebrigtsen[59] Republican 29,302 66.26 Republican
Shawn Olson[60] DFL 14,892 33.67
9 Paul Gazelka Republican 2010 Paul Gazelka[61] Republican 27,749 71.19 Republican
Jason Weinerman[62] DFL 11,191 28.71
10 Carrie Ruud Republican 2002, 2012 Carrie Ruud[63] Republican 27,923 64.31 Republican
Tiffany Stenglein[64] DFL 15,440 35.56
11 Tony Lourey DFL 2006 Tony Lourey[65] DFL 20,519 54.50 DFL
Michael Cummins[65] Republican 17,079 45.36
12 Torrey Westrom Republican 2012 Torrey Westrom[66] Republican 28,254 67.60 Republican
Russ Hinrichs[67] DFL 13,515 32.34
13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 1996* Michelle Fischbach[68] Republican 29,235 68.60 Republican
Michael Willemsen[69] DFL 13,338 31.30
14 John Pederson Republican 2010 Jerry Relph[70] Republican 17,519 47.40 Republican
Dan Wolgamott[71] DFL 17,378 47.02
Steven Zilberg[71] Libertarian 2,021 5.47
15 Dave Brown Republican 2010 Andrew Mathews[72] Republican 28,373 70.70 Republican
Chilah Brown[72] DFL 11,672 29.08
16 Gary Dahms Republican 2010 Gary Dahms[73] Republican 26,086 67.29 Republican
James Kanne[74] DFL 12,651 32.63
17 Lyle Koenen DFL 2012* Andrew Lang[75] Republican 22,421 57.25 Republican
Lyle Koenen[76] DFL 16,713 42.67
18 Scott Newman Republican 2010 Scott Newman[77] Republican 26,341 66.64 Republican
Amy Wilde[78] DFL 13,148 33.26
19 Kathy Sheran DFL 2006 Nick Frentz[79] DFL 22,875 56.11 DFL
Willa Dailey[80] Republican 15,057 36.93
Shane Wernsing[81] Libertarian 2,798 6.86
20 Kevin Dahle DFL 2008*, 2012 Rich Draheim[82] Republican 22,274 51.91 Republican
Kevin Dahle[83] DFL 20,577 47.95
21 Matt Schmit DFL 2012 Mike Goggin[84] Republican 22,901 54.24 Republican
Matt Schmit[85] DFL 19,282 45.67
22 Bill Weber Republican 2012 Bill Weber[86] Republican 25,769 70.20 Republican
Brian Abrahamson[87] DFL 10,910 29.72
23 Julie Rosen Republican 2002 Julie Rosen[88] Republican 28,063 70.81 Republican
Barbara Lake[89] DFL 11,529 29.09
24 Vicki Jensen DFL 2012 John Jasinski[90] Republican 21,885 58.52 Republican
Vicki Jensen[89] DFL 15,463 41.35
25 Dave Senjem Republican 2002 Dave Senjem[91] Republican 26,839 63.24 Republican
Dale Amorosia[92] DFL 15,555 36.65
26 Carla Nelson Republican 2010 Carla Nelson[93] Republican 23,325 55.96 Republican
Rich Wright[93] DFL 18,317 43.95
27 Dan Sparks DFL 2002 Dan Sparks[94] DFL 20,540 54.76 DFL
Gene Dornink[95] Republican 16,944 45.17
28 Jeremy Miller Republican 2010 Jeremy Miller[85] Republican 25,217 62.97 Republican
Jon Pieper[96] DFL 14,793 36.94
29 Bruce Anderson Republican 2012 Bruce Anderson[97] Republican 27,249 66.00 Republican
Janice Holter Kittok[68] DFL 13,992 33.89
30 Mary Kiffmeyer Republican 2012 Mary Kiffmeyer[98] Republican 30,483 71.71 Republican
P.J. LaCroix[99] DFL 11,979 28.18
31 Michelle Benson Republican 2010 Michelle Benson[100] Republican 29,650 67.96 Republican
Ricky Englund[100] DFL 13,919 31.91
32 Sean Nienow§ Republican 2002, 2010 Mark Koran[101] Republican 23,992 56.53 Republican
Tim Nelson[102] DFL 18,388 43.33
33 David Osmek Republican 2012 David Osmek[103] Republican 30,175 59.59 Republican
Sherrie Pugh[104] DFL 17,335 34.24
Jay Nygard[103] Libertarian 3,080 6.08
34 Warren Limmer Republican 1995* Warren Limmer[42] Republican 29,229 60.18 Republican
Bonnie Westlin[105] DFL 19,263 39.66
35 Jim Abeler Republican 2016* Jim Abeler[106] Republican 29,655 67.47 Republican
Roger Johnson[107] DFL 14,216 32.35
36 John Hoffman DFL 2012 John Hoffman[108] DFL 21,793 51.00 DFL
Jeff Lunde[109] Republican 20,840 48.77
37 Alice Johnson DFL 2012 Jerry Newton[110] DFL 22,129 51.41 DFL
Brad Sanford[111] Republican 20,838 48.41
38 Roger Chamberlain Republican 2010 Roger Chamberlain[112] Republican 27,109 58.61 Republican
Pat Davern[113] DFL 19,094 41.28
39 Karin Housley Republican 2012 Karin Housley[114] Republican 28,960 61.29 Republican
Sten Hakanson[115] DFL 18,237 38.60
40 Chris Eaton DFL 2011* Chris Eaton[116] DFL 21,152 67.84 DFL
Robert Marvin[116] Republican 9,905 31.77
41 Barb Goodwin DFL 2010 Carolyn Laine[2] DFL 25,096 61.04 DFL
Gary Johnson[112] Republican 15,939 38.77
42 Bev Scalze DFL 2012 Jason Isaacson[117] DFL 24,962 54.21 DFL
Candy Sina[118] Republican 21,008 45.62
43 Chuck Wiger DFL 1996 Chuck Wiger[119] DFL 24,347 56.95 DFL
Bob Zick[120] Republican 15,149 35.43
Chris Belflower[119] Independence 3,197 7.48
44 Terri Bonoff DFL 2005* Paul Anderson[121] Republican 25,309 50.13 Republican
Deb Calvert[122] DFL 25,114 49.74
45 Ann Rest DFL 2000 Ann Rest[123] DFL 27,509 63.66 DFL
Roxana Bruins[123] Republican 15,588 36.07
46 Ron Latz DFL 2006 Ron Latz[124] DFL 35,465 96.58 DFL
47 Julianne Ortman Republican 2002 Scott Jensen[125] Republican 30,920 67.29 Republican
Darryl Scarborough[126] DFL 14,981 32.60
48 David Hann Republican 2002 Steve Cwodzinski[127] DFL 24,303 51.10 DFL
David Hann[127] Republican 23,205 48.79
49 Melisa Franzen DFL 2012 Melisa Franzen[128] DFL 28,273 54.47 DFL
Mike Lehmann[128] Republican 23,557 45.39
50 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund DFL 2012 Melissa Halvorson Wiklund[129] DFL 24,921 59.53 DFL
Kirsten Johnson[129] Republican 16,805 40.14
51 Jim Carlson DFL 2006, 2012 Jim Carlson[130] DFL 24,358 54.04 DFL
Victor Lake[131] Republican 20,662 45.84
52 Jim Metzen[nb 1] DFL 1986 Matt Klein[132] DFL 25,448 57.84 DFL
Mark Misukanis[133] Republican 18,485 42.01
53 Susan Kent DFL 2012 Susan Kent[134] DFL 23,035 50.38 DFL
Sharna Wahlgren[135] Republican 22,636 49.51
54 Katie Sieben DFL 2006 Dan Schoen[136] DFL 22,162 53.13 DFL
Leilani Holmstadt[137] Republican 19,480 46.70
55 Eric Pratt Republican 2012 Eric Pratt[138] Republican 29,132 68.53 Republican
Ali Ali[139] DFL 13,282 31.24
56 Dan Hall Republican 2010 Dan Hall[140] Republican 23,602 55.07 Republican
Phil Sterner[141] DFL 19,178 44.75
57 Greg Clausen DFL 2012 Greg Clausen[142] DFL 24,519 53.06 DFL
Cory Campbell[143] Republican 21,633 46.81
58 Dave Thompson Republican 2010 Matt Little[144] DFL 22,833 50.38 DFL
Tim Pitcher[145] Republican 22,446 49.53
59 Bobby Joe Champion DFL 2012 Bobby Joe Champion[146] DFL 27,541 77.56 DFL
Jennifer Carnahan[147] Republican 7,814 22.01
60 Kari Dziedzic DFL 2012* Kari Dziedzic[148] DFL 31,542 77.53 DFL
Martin Super[42] Legal
Marijuana
Now
8,861 21.78
61 Scott Dibble DFL 2002 Scott Dibble[42] DFL 43,045 81.07 DFL
Bob Carney[42] Republican 9,924 18.69
62 Jeff Hayden DFL 2011* Jeff Hayden[146] DFL 29,564 87.84 DFL
Bruce Lundeen[42] Republican 3,897 11.58
63 Patricia Torres Ray DFL 2006 Patricia Torres Ray[149] DFL 38,470 80.70 DFL
Ron Moey[149] Republican 9,068 19.02
64 Dick Cohen DFL 1986 Dick Cohen[42] DFL 36,757 76.67 DFL
Ian Baird[42] Republican 11,078 23.11
65 Sandy Pappas DFL 1990 Sandy Pappas[42] DFL 27,743 80.70 DFL
Jason Delmont[42] Republican 6,479 18.85
66 John Marty DFL 1986 John Marty[150] DFL 28,312 74.34 DFL
Carolyn Jass[150] Republican 9,670 25.39
67 Foung Hawj DFL 2012 Foung Hawj[151] DFL 21,696 75.11 DFL
Krysia Weidell[152] Republican 7,091 24.55
*Elected in a special election.[19]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[20]
‡Retired; did not seek re-election.
§Lost primary election for party's nomination.

Seats changing parties

Party Incumbent District First elected Winner Party
DFL LeRoy Stumpf 1 1982 Mark Johnson Republican
Rod Skoe 2 2002 Paul Utke Republican
Tom Saxhaug 5 2002 Justin Eichorn Republican
Lyle Koenen 17 2012* Andrew Lang Republican
Kevin Dahle 20 2008*, 2012 Rich Draheim Republican
Matt Schmit 21 2012 Mike Goggin Republican
Vicki Jensen 24 2012 John Jasinski Republican
Terri Bonoff 44 2005* Paul Anderson Republican
Republican David Hann 48 2002 Steve Cwodzinski DFL
Dave Thompson 58 2010 Matt Little DFL
*Elected in a special election.[19]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[20]
‡Retired; did not seek re-election.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Died of lung cancer on July 11, 2016.[5]

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