2008 Election Cycle
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden led the DFL to its ninth consecutive win in Minnesota.
The real drama took place down the ballot in which a recount and election contest in the U.S. Senate race led to more than a six-month vacancy in the state’s Class II seat. DFL comedian Al Franken was eventually declared the winner over one-term incumbent Norm Coleman by just 312 votes.
No U.S. House seats changed partisan control this cycle with the DFL retaining a five to three seat advantage.
The DFL netted two seats and started the new legislature with an overwhelming majority of 87-47.
Associate Justice Paul Anderson and appointed Associate Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea each won election to a full term.