2010 Election Cycle

The 2010 cycle was one of the most unusual in Minnesota history with the DFL sweeping all five constitutional offices and Republicans decisively taking back control of both state legislative chambers.

Former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton and running mate and state Senator Yvette Prettner-Solon ended a five-cycle DFL gubernatorial losing streak – one of the longest Democratic droughts for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the nation. Their victory over state Representative Tom Emmer and running mate Annette Meeks was the second closest gubernatorial race in Minnesota history at 0.42 points. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Auditor Rebecca Otto, and Attorney General Lori Swanson were reelected to complete the DFL sweep.

But Republicans scored a major upset in the 8th CD when Chip Cravaack unseated Transportation Committee Chair Jim Oberstar – the longest serving member of congress in Minnesota history at 36 years. The remaining seven incumbents were reelected leaving each party with four seats in the 112th Congress.

The GOP also gained 16 seats in the state Senate to take control of the chamber with a 37-30 seat margin and netted 25 seats in the state House to flip the chamber with a 72-62 margin.

Associate Justices Alan Page, Helen Meyer, and Christopher Dietzen were each elected to full terms.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/02/2010 State Senate, District 63 General Ken Kelash (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 17,305 votes (62.96%) and a winning margin of +26.07
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Ken Kelash Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 17,305 62.96
Craig Marston Man Republican 10,139 36.89
Scattering Write-In 40 0.15
11/02/2010 State Senate, District 62 General Patricia Torres Ray (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 26,671 votes (79.64%) and a winning margin of +59.48
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Patricia Torres Ray Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 26,671 79.64
Patrick Elgin Man Republican 6,751 20.16
Scattering Write-In 68 0.20
11/02/2010 State Senate, District 61 General Linda Berglin (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 15,410 votes (88.46%) and a winning margin of +77.23
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Linda Berglin Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 15,410 88.46
James Schlemmer Man Republican 1,957 11.23
Scattering Write-In 53 0.30
11/02/2010 State Senate, District 60 General Scott Dibble (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 27,088 votes (79.81%) and a winning margin of +59.83
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Scott Dibble Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 27,088 79.81
Scot Pekarek Man Republican 6,782 19.98
Scattering Write-In 70 0.21
11/02/2010 U.S. House, District 02 General John Kline (Republican) won with 181,341 votes (63.31%) and a winning margin of +26.72
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John Kline Incumbent Man Republican 181,341 63.31
Shelley J. Madore Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 104,809 36.59
Scattering Write-In 303 0.11