Anointed successor wins MN Senate District 61 primary

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September 30, 2011

By David Godow



Minnesota Senate District 61, a Democratic stronghold on the south side of Minneapolis, is in the midst of its first competitive election in 30 years. Senator Linda Berglin, who has held the seat since 1980 through several rounds of redistricting, announced her resignation at the end of July. A crowded field of six Democratic-Farmer-Labor (Minnesota's Democratic Party) challengers arose to replace her, along with one Republican and two third party candidates. Berglin herself, along with several local Dem leaders, picked State Rep. Jeff Hayden (D-61B) to replace her.

The September 14 DFL primary resulted in a predictable Hayden win, with the young state representative benefiting both from party endorsements and significant name recognition in the neighborhood. The full election results are below:

Minnesota Senate District 61, 2011 Special Election - DFL Primary[1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Jeff Hayden 58%
     Democratic Party Sadik Warfa 28%
     Democratic Party Paulette Will 7.3%
     Democratic Party Elsa Batica 2.6%
     Democratic Party Kristian Heuer 2.1%
     Democratic Party Kyle Wilson 2%
Total Votes 2,359

Hayden now goes on to face Republican Bruce A. Lundee, Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem, and Independence Party candidate Matt Brillhart in the October 18 special election.

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