2011 Election Cycle

There were four special legislative elections conducted in 2011 for vacancies of DFL seats – three in the Senate and one in the House. The DFL held all four seats.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
12/06/2011 State Senate, District 59 Special Primary Kari Dziedzic (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,965 votes (32.85%) and a winning margin of +5.67
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Kari Dziedzic Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,965 32.85
Mohamud Noor Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,626 27.19
Peter Wagenius Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,089 18.21
Paul Ostrow Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 792 13.24
Jacob Frey Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 473 7.91
Alicia Frosch Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 36 0.60

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Larry Pogemiller on November 7, 2011 after being appointed Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

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12/06/2011 State House, District 61B Special Primary Susan Allen (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 550 votes (82.09%) and a winning margin of +72.69
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Susan Allen Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 550 82.09
Nelson Inz Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 63 9.40
Paul Dennis Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 32 4.78
Josh Bassais Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 25 3.73

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Representative Jeff Hayden on October 25, 2011 after winning a special election to SD 61 on October 18, 2011.

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12/06/2011 State Senate, District 59 Special Primary Ben Schwanke (Republican) won with 138 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Ben Schwanke Man Republican 138 100.00

Special primary election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Larry Pogemiller on November 7, 2011 after being appointed Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

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10/18/2011 State Senate, District 46 Special Chris A. Eaton (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 3,374 votes (61.85%) and a winning margin of +29.18
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Chris A. Eaton Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 3,374 61.85
Cory Jensen Man Republican 1,782 32.67
Tom Reynolds Man Independence 292 5.35
Scattering Write-In 7 0.13

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of DFL Senator Linda J. Scheid on June 15, 2011.

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10/18/2011 State Senate, District 61 Special Jeff Hayden (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 1,856 votes (68.24%) and a winning margin of +46.36
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Jeff Hayden Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,856 68.24
Farheen Hakeem Woman Green 595 21.88
Bruce A. Lundeen Man Republican 221 8.13
Matt Brillhart Man Independence 44 1.62
Scattering Write-In 4 0.15

Special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DFL Senator Linda Berglin on August 15, 2011 to take a position as a health policy program manager for Hennepin County.

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