SE Minnesota returns most incumbents to Minnesota House
While Democrats were able to flip at least 15 seats to take control of the Minnesota House, most of the incumbents who got the heave-ho represented suburban districts.
Southeast Minnesota was an oasis of stability by comparison, as all the incumbents for the state House in the region, whether Democrat or Republican, were re-elected or were heading for re-election.
Here are the results:
• 21A: Incumbent Republican Barb Haley defeated Democrat Lori Ann Cark 56.91 percent to 43.05 percent.
• 21B: Incumbent Republican Steve Drazkowski defeated Democrat Jonathan Isenor 63.43 percent to 36.47 percent.
• 25A: Incumbent Republican Duane Quam defeated Democrat Jamie Mahlberg 53.62 percent to 46.29 percent.
• 25B: Incumbent Democrat Duane Sauke defeated Republican Kenneth Bush 60.10 percent to 39.78 percent.
• 26A: Incumbent Democrat Tina Liebling defeated Republican Paul Wilson 63.21 percent to 36.65 percent.
• 27A: Incumbent Republican Peggy Bennett defeated Democrat Terry Gjersvik 56.52 percent to 43.43 percent.
• 27B: Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Poppe was ahead of Republican Christine Green 57.64 percent to 42.31 percent with 27 of 42 precincts reporting.
• 28A: Incumbent Democrat Gene Pelowski ran unopposed.
• 28B: Incumbent Republican Greg Davids defeated Thomas Trehus 55.44 percent to 44.49 percent.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Senate remains in Republican hands. In a St. Cloud-area special election to replace Michelle Fischbach, who left the Senate to become lieutenant governor, Jeff Howe defeated Democrat Joe Perske by 16 percentage points. Republicans hold a 34-33 advantage in the state senate.