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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Minnesota State Legislature

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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Minnesota's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
67 63 (94.0%) 134 129 (96.2%)

ST. PAUL: Minnesota: There are 110 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Minnesota, where most polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Central Time. However, some smaller municipalities may open as late as 10:00 AM.[1]

The State Senate is currently under Republican control, 37 to 30. 16 incumbents, 12 Republican and 4 Democrats, are retiring from the Senate this year. The 134-seat House of Representatives is 72-61 in favor of the Republicans with 1 vacant seat. The 28 retiring incumbents, 15 are Republicans and 13 are Democrats. Both chambers could potential change hands in this election.

Of the 200 incumbents up for election in 2012, 169 (84.5%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 192 of 201 (95.5%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


Minnesota State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 30 39
     Republican Party 37 28
Total 67 67

Minnesota House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 61 73
     Republican Party 72 61
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 134 134


See also