2006 Election Cycle

The 2006 was a big cycle for the DFL, although the party faltered at the top of the ticket. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau eked out a win by less than a point over Attorney General Mike Hatch and former Auditor Judi Dutcher. However, the DFL picked up two constitutional offices: Mark Ritchie, president of an agriculture non-profit, unseated Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer and St. Croix small business owner Rebecca Otto defeated Auditor Pat Anderson. State Solicitor General Lori Swanson held the open seat for Attorney General for the DFL.

U.S. Senator Mark Dayton did not run for reelection but the seat remained in the DFL column with Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar as the nominee. Klobchuar was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in state history.

The DFL flipped the 1st CD with Tim Walz knocking six-term Congressman Gil Gutknecht out of office to give the party five of the state’s eight seats.

The DFL also netted six seats in the state Senate to expand their margin over the Republican Party to 44-23 and netted 19 seats in the state House to regain control of the chamber by a margin of 85-49.

Appointed Associate Justice Barry Anderson won election to the Supreme Court without opposition.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/07/2006 State Senate, District 27 General Dan Sparks (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 21,739 votes (67.72%) and a winning margin of +35.55
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dan Sparks Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 21,739 67.72
George Marin Man Republican 10,329 32.18
Scattering Write-In 32 0.10
11/07/2006 State Senate, District 26 General Dick Day (Republican) won with 16,148 votes (54.48%) and a winning margin of +9.10
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dick Day Incumbent Man Republican 16,148 54.48
Jeremy Eller Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 13,450 45.37
Scattering Write-In 44 0.15
11/07/2006 State Senate, District 25 General Tom Neuville (Republican) won with 18,144 votes (52.02%) and a winning margin of +4.11
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Tom Neuville Incumbent Man Republican 18,144 52.02
Jessica Peterson Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 16,711 47.91
Scattering Write-In 26 0.07
11/07/2006 State Senate, District 24 General Julie A. Rosen (Republican) won with 19,579 votes (62.18%) and a winning margin of +24.45
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Julie A. Rosen Incumbent Woman Republican 19,579 62.18
David Wertjes Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 11,880 37.73
Scattering Write-In 27 0.09
11/07/2006 State House, District 46B General Debra Hilstrom (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 7,550 votes (66.14%) and a winning margin of +32.43
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Debra Hilstrom Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 7,550 66.14
Jill Peterson Woman Republican 3,848 33.71
Scattering Write-In 18 0.16