1973 Election Cycle

Partisan elections for state legislative seats returned to the chamber for the first time since 1912 with the DFL winning two special elections to the state House that November (HD 50B, HD 61A).

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1973 State House, District 61A Special Franklin J. (Frank) Knoll (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 4,746 votes (53.62%) and a winning margin of +7.24
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Franklin J. (Frank) Knoll Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 4,746 53.62
Glenna Alevizos Woman Republican 4,105 46.38

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Gary Flakne on July 11, 1973 to become Hennepin County attorney. Knoll was general council of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition.

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11/06/1973 State House, District 50B Special Richard Kosohryz (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,892 votes (44.71%) and a winning margin of +16.64
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Richard Kosohryz Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,892 44.71
Harold Norgard Man Independent 1,188 28.07
Lester G. (Les) Axdahl Man Republican 1,152 27.22

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL state Representative John Boland (HD 50A, 1971-1973; HD 50B, 1973-1973) who was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Council.

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10/02/1973 State House, District 50B Special Primary Richard Kosohryz (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 959 votes (61.20%) and a winning margin of +22.40
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Richard Kosohryz Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 959 61.20
Clarence Harris Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 608 38.80

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL state Representative John Boland (HD 50A, 1971-1973; HD 50B, 1973-1973) who was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Council.

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10/02/1973 State House, District 50B Special Primary Lester G. (Les) Axdahl (Republican) won with 359 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Lester G. (Les) Axdahl Man Republican 359 100.00

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL state Representative John Boland (HD 50A, 1971-1973; HD 50B, 1973-1973) who was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Council. Axdahl was the Mayor of Maplewood.

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09/25/1973 State House, District 61A Special Primary Franklin J. (Frank) Knoll (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,712 votes (86.33%) and a winning margin of +72.67
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Franklin J. (Frank) Knoll Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,712 86.33
Leonard A. (Len) Johnson Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 271 13.67

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Gary Flakne on July 11, 1973 to become Hennepin County attorney. Knoll was general council of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition and received the DFL endorsement. Johnson was a retired Hennepin District Court administrative director and former state Representative (HD 31, 1949-1955).

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