1987 Election Cycle

The Independent-Republicans flipped two seats in three legislative elections caused by DFL resignations in November 1987, picking up SD 04 and HD 30B while the DFL held HD 65A.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/03/1987 State House, District 65A Special Andy Dawkins (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,950 votes (76.80%) and a winning margin of +53.60
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Andy Dawkins Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,950 76.80
Eunice Smith Woman Independent-Republican 589 23.20

Special election to the fill the vacancy due to the resignation of DFL Representative Fred Norton on June 25, 1987 who was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

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11/03/1987 State House, District 30B Special Dale DeRaad (Independent-Republican) won with 3,532 votes (53.62%) and a winning margin of +7.24
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dale DeRaad Man Independent-Republican 3,532 53.62
Peter Fog Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 3,055 46.38

Special election to the fill the vacancy due to the resignation of DFL Representative Jerry Schoenfeld who was appointed Director of the Rural Development Board in the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development. DeRaad was an accountant from Waseca. Fog was a university internship coordinator from Waseca.

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11/03/1987 State Senate, District 04 Special Bob Decker (Independent-Republican) won with 8,800 votes (51.43%) and a winning margin of +2.85
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Bob Decker Man Independent-Republican 8,800 51.43
Anthony G. (Tony) Kinkel Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 8,312 48.57

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Gerald Willet to become Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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09/29/1987 State Senate, District 04 Special Primary Bob Decker (Independent-Republican) won with 2,121 votes (57.40%) and a winning margin of +14.80
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Bob Decker Man Independent-Republican 2,121 57.40
Kenneth Glidden Man Independent-Republican 1,574 42.60

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Gerald Willet to become Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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09/29/1987 State Senate, District 04 Special Primary Anthony G. (Tony) Kinkel (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 3,000 votes (87.31%) and a winning margin of +74.62
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Anthony G. (Tony) Kinkel Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 3,000 87.31
Dennis Haley Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 436 12.69

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Gerald Willet to become Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Kinkel was a state Representative from Park Rapids (HD 04B, 1987-1999). Haley was an electrical contractor from Pine River.

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