1966 Election Cycle

The 1966 cycle saw the Republicans make big inroads into elected office in state offices: St. Paul attorney Harold LeVander unseated DFL Governor Karl Rolvaag, Winona radio station owner Jim Goetz won the open seat for Lieutenant Governor, Auditor Stafford King won a record 10th and final term, former state Representative Douglas Head won the open seat for Attorney General, Treasurer Val Bjornson was reelected to a seventh nonconsecutive term, and P.K. Peterson won the open seat (and last election) for Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner. The only DFL nominee to prevail was Secretary of State Joseph Donovan who won a sixth term.

The GOP also flipped one house seat with state Senate President John Zwach beating two-term 6th CD Congressman Alec Olson to hold a five to three seat advantage in the state delegation.

In elections to the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Martin Nelson won a fourth term while C. Donald Peterson ended Thomas Gallagher’s bid for a fifth term.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/08/1966 State House, District 67B General Andrew (Andy) Skaar (Nonpartisan) won with 5,145 votes (62.53%) and a winning margin of +25.06
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Andrew (Andy) Skaar Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 5,145 62.53
Everett Battles Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,083 37.47
11/08/1966 State House, District 67A General Richard W. Fitzsimons (Nonpartisan) won with 5,143 votes (59.61%) and a winning margin of +19.22
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Richard W. Fitzsimons Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 5,143 59.61
Victor L. Johnson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,485 40.39

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11/08/1966 State House, District 66B General Louis A. Murray (Nonpartisan) won with 5,410 votes (56.61%) and a winning margin of +13.22
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Louis A. Murray Man Nonpartisan 5,410 56.61
Harvey A. Wilder Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 4,147 43.39
11/08/1966 State House, District 66A General Marvin E. Christianson (Nonpartisan) won with 5,595 votes (59.09%) and a winning margin of +18.91
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Marvin E. Christianson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 5,595 59.09
Luther H. Rodvik Man Nonpartisan 3,873 40.91
11/08/1966 State House, District 06A General Walter K. Klaus (Nonpartisan) won with 7,027 votes (64.54%) and a winning margin of +29.08
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Walter K. Klaus Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 7,027 64.54
Gerald W. Kalina Man Nonpartisan 3,861 35.46