2012 Election Cycle
Barack Obama and Joe Biden carried Minnesota – the 10th consecutive victory for a Democratic presidential nominee in the state. Minnesota became the first state in which both the Republican and Democratic parties have recorded 10-cycle winning streaks for the office.
DFL U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reelected to a second term by 34.7 points - the second largest victory margin in state history for the office behind DFLer Hubert Humphrey's 42.5-point victory in 1976.
The DFL also took back the 8th CD when former U.S. Representative Rick Nolan defeated freshman Chip Cravaack. The remaining seven incumbents were victorious leaving the DFL with a 5-3 majority in the delegation.
One cycle after losing control of both chambers, the DFL gained each of them back. The party netted nine seats for a 39-28 margin in the state Senate and 11 seats for a 73-61 margin in the state House.
Associate Justice Barry Anderson and appointed Associate Justice Davis Stras were both elected to another term.