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Minnesota 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Minnesota State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Minnesota State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

Minnesota State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 46 30
     Republican Party 21 37
Total 67 67

What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 57 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 13 incumbents lost, and thus 44 incumbents were re-elected to the Minnesota State Senate.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 13 Democratic incumbents lost.
  • There will be 23 new senators sworn-in. Of those 23, 2 are Democrats and 21 are Republicans
  • Of the 67 seats up for election, 30 were won by Democrats and 37 by Republicans.
  • 2 candidates were unopposed, 0 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
  • Only 7 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Minnesota, 10 incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 57 incumbents (85.1%) ran for re-election. Of these 57 incumbents, 13 were defeated. All 13 were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Ann LynchDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 30
Dan Skogen
Don BetzoldDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 51
Jim Carlson
John DollDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 40
Kathy SaltzmanDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 56
Kevin Dahle
Leo FoleyDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 47
Lisa FobbeDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 16
Mary OlsonDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 4
Rick Olseen
Sandy RummelDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 53
Sharon Erickson RopesDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota State Senate District 31

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Al DeKruif
Benjamin Kruse
Carla Nelson
Dan Hall
Dave Brown (Minnesota)
Gretchen Hoffman
Jeremy Miller
John Carlson (Minnesota)
Pam Wolf
Roger Chamberlain
Sean Nienow
Ted Daley
Ted Lillie

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Minnesota, 24 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 24, 3 are Democrats and 21 are Republicans. In the 11 open seat contests, Republicans won 8 and Democrats 3. In total, Minnesota elected 57 senators, 37 Republicans and 30 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

The following are the newly-elected members of the Minnesota State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Minnesota State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Minnesota, 2 candidates (3.0% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 2, both were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

There were no Democratic candidates did not face major party competition.

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Minnesota, 10 (7.0%) of the 142 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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Minnesota State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Minnesota House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

Minnesota House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 87 62
     Republican Party 47 72
Total 134 134


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 119 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. 21 incumbents lost, and thus 98 incumbents were re-elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 21 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 36 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 36, 3 are Democrats and 33 are Republicans
  • Of the 134 seats up for election, 62 were won by Democrats and 72 by Republicans.
  • 3 candidates were unopposed, 0 Democrats and 3 Republicans.
  • Only 16 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Minnesota, 119 (88.8%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 119, 21 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 21 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:


  1. Al Doty
  2. Al Juhnke
  3. Alice Hausman
  4. Andrew Falk
  5. Andy Welti
  6. Ann Lenczewski
  7. Anthony Sertich
  8. Bernie Lieder
  9. Bev Scalze
  10. Bill Hilty
  11. Bob Dettmer
  12. Bob Gunther
  13. Bobby Joe Champion
  14. Brita Sailer
  15. Bruce Anderson (Minnesota)
  16. Bud Nornes
  17. Carlos Mariani
  18. Carol McFarlane
  19. Carolyn Laine
  20. Connie Doepke
  21. David Bly
  22. David Dill
  23. David Olin
  24. Dean Urdahl
  25. Debra Hilstrom
  26. Denise Dittrich
  27. Denny McNamara
  28. Diane Loeffler
  29. Erin Murphy
  30. Frank Hornstein
  31. Gail Jackson
  32. Gene Pelowski, Jr.
  33. Gerald Newton
  34. Greg Davids
  35. Jean Wagenius
  36. Jeanne Poppe
  37. Jeff Hayden
  38. Jenifer Loon
  39. Jim Abeler
  40. Jim Davnie
  41. Joe Atkins
  42. Joe Hoppe
  43. Joe Mullery
  44. John Benson
  45. John Lesch
  46. John Persell
  47. John Ward
  48. Joyce Peppin
  49. Julie Bunn
  50. Karen Clark
  51. Katherine Knuth
  52. Kathy Brynaert
  53. Keith Downey
  54. Kent Eken
  55. Kim Norton
  56. Kory Kath
  57. Kurt Zellers
  58. Larry Hosch
  59. Larry Howes
  60. Leon Lillie
  61. Linda Slocum
  62. Loren Solberg
  63. Lyle Koenen
  64. Lyndon Carlson
  65. Maria Ruud
  66. Mark Buesgens
  67. Mark Murdock
  68. Marsha Swails
  69. Mary Kiffmeyer
  70. Mary Liz Holberg
  71. Mary Murphy
  72. Matt Dean
  73. Melissa Hortman
  74. Michael Nelson
  75. Michael Paymar
  76. Mike Beard
  77. Mike Obermueller
  78. Mindy Greiling
  79. Morrie Lanning
  80. Nora Slawik
  81. Pat Garofalo
  82. Patti Fritz
  83. Paul Anderson (Minnesota)
  84. Paul Gardner
  85. Paul Marquart
  86. Paul Rosenthal (Minnesota)
  87. Paul Thissen
  88. Paul Torkelson
  89. Peggy Scott
  90. Phillip Sterner
  91. Phyllis Kahn
  92. Rick Hansen
  93. Robin Brown
  94. Rod Hamilton
  95. Ron Shimanski
  96. Ryan Winkler
  97. Sandra Masin
  98. Sandra Peterson
  99. Sarah Anderson
  100. Sheldon Johnson
  101. Steve Drazkowski
  102. Steve Gottwalt
  103. Steve Simon
  104. Steve Smith (Minnesota)
  105. Tara Mack
  106. Terry Morrow
  107. Thomas Huntley
  108. Tim Faust
  109. Tim Kelly (Minnesota)
  110. Tim Mahoney, Minnesota Representative
  111. Tim Sanders
  112. Tina Liebling
  113. Tom Anzelc
  114. Tom Hackbarth
  115. Tom Rukavina
  116. Tom Tillberry
  117. Tony Cornish
  118. Torrey Westrom
  119. William Morgan

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Al Doty
Al JuhnkeDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 13B
Andy WeltiDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 30B
Bernie LiederDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 1B
Brita Sailer
David Bly
David OlinDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 1A
Gail JacksonDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 16A
Gerald NewtonDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 49B
Julie Bunn
Loren SolbergDemocratic-Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 3B
Maria RuudDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 42A
Marsha SwailsDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 56B
Mike Obermueller
Paul GardnerDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 53A
Paul Rosenthal (Minnesota)
Phillip SternerDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 37B
Robin BrownDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 27A
Sandra Masin
Tim Faust
William MorganDemocratic Farmer-LaborMinnesota House of Representatives District 40A

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Andrea Kieffer
Branden Petersen
Bruce Vogel
Carolyn McElfatrick
Dan Fabian
David Hancock
Debra Kiel
Diane Anderson
Doug Wardlow
Kathy Lohmer
Kelby Woodard
Kirk Stensrud
Kurt Bills
Linda Runbeck
Mike Benson
Mike LeMieur
Pam Myhra
Pat Mazorol
Rich Murray
Roger Crawford
Sondra Erickson

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Minnesota, 36 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 36, 3 are Democrats and 33 are Republicans. In the 15 open seat contests, Republicans won 12 and Democrats 3. In total, Minnesota elected 134 representatives, 72 Republicans and 62 Democrats.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Minnesota House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives:

Democratic


  1. Alice Hausman
  2. Andrew Falk
  3. Ann Lenczewski
  4. Anthony Sertich
  5. Bev Scalze
  6. Bill Hilty
  7. Bobby Joe Champion
  8. Carlos Mariani
  9. Carolyn Laine
  10. David Dill
  11. Debra Hilstrom
  12. Denise Dittrich
  13. Diane Loeffler
  14. Erin Murphy
  15. Frank Hornstein
  16. Gene Pelowski, Jr.
  17. Jean Wagenius
  18. Jeanne Poppe
  19. Jeff Hayden
  20. Jim Davnie
  21. Joe Atkins
  22. Joe Mullery
  23. John Benson
  24. John Lesch
  25. John Persell
  26. John Ward
  27. Karen Clark
  28. Katherine Knuth
  29. Kathy Brynaert
  30. Kent Eken
  31. Kerry Gauthier
  32. Kim Norton
  33. Kory Kath
  34. Larry Hosch
  35. Leon Lillie
  36. Linda Slocum
  37. Lyle Koenen
  38. Lyndon Carlson
  39. Marion Greene
  40. Mary Murphy
  41. Melissa Hortman
  42. Michael Nelson
  43. Michael Paymar
  44. Mindy Greiling
  45. Nora Slawik
  46. Patti Fritz
  47. Paul Marquart
  48. Paul Thissen
  49. Phyllis Kahn
  50. Rena Moran
  51. Rick Hansen
  52. Ryan Winkler
  53. Sandra Peterson
  54. Sheldon Johnson
  55. Steve Simon
  56. Terry Morrow
  57. Thomas Huntley
  58. Tim Mahoney, Minnesota Representative
  59. Tina Liebling
  60. Tom Anzelc
  61. Tom Rukavina
  62. Tom Tillberry

Republican


  1. Andrea Kieffer
  2. Bob Barrett
  3. Bob Dettmer
  4. Bob Gunther
  5. Branden Petersen
  6. Bruce Anderson (Minnesota)
  7. Bruce Vogel
  8. Bud Nornes
  9. Carol McFarlane
  10. Carolyn McElfatrick
  11. Chris Swedzinski
  12. Connie Doepke
  13. Dan Fabian
  14. David Hancock
  15. Dean Urdahl
  16. Debra Kiel
  17. Denny McNamara
  18. Diane Anderson
  19. Doug Wardlow
  20. Duane Quam
  21. Ernie Leidiger
  22. Glenn Gruenhagen
  23. Greg Davids
  24. Jenifer Loon
  25. Jim Abeler
  26. Joe Hoppe
  27. Joe McDonald
  28. Joe Schomacker
  29. John Kriesel
  30. Joyce Peppin
  31. Kathy Lohmer
  32. Keith Downey
  33. Kelby Woodard
  34. King Banaian
  35. Kirk Stensrud
  36. Kurt Bills
  37. Kurt Daudt
  38. Kurt Zellers
  39. Larry Howes
  40. Linda Runbeck
  41. Mark Buesgens
  42. Mark Murdock
  43. Mary Franson
  44. Mary Kiffmeyer
  45. Mary Liz Holberg
  46. Matt Dean
  47. Mike Beard
  48. Mike Benson
  49. Mike LeMieur
  50. Morrie Lanning
  51. Pam Myhra
  52. Pat Garofalo
  53. Pat Mazorol
  54. Paul Anderson (Minnesota)
  55. Paul Torkelson
  56. Peggy Scott
  57. Rich Murray
  58. Rod Hamilton
  59. Roger Crawford
  60. Ron Shimanski
  61. Sarah Anderson
  62. Sondra Erickson
  63. Steve Drazkowski
  64. Steve Gottwalt
  65. Steve Smith (Minnesota)
  66. Tara Mack
  67. Tim Kelly (Minnesota)
  68. Tim O'Driscoll
  69. Tim Sanders
  70. Tom Hackbarth
  71. Tony Cornish
  72. Torrey Westrom

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Minnesota, 3 candidates (2.2% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. All 3 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

There were no Democratic candidates that did not face major party competition:

Republican

Ballot Access

In Minnesota, 16 (5.7%) of the 279 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: