2016 Election Cycle

Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine carried Minnesota by 1.5 points – the closest race for president in the state since 1984. With the victory, Minnesota became the first state outside of the South in which the Democratic Party has won 11 consecutive presidential elections.

There was no partisan turnover in the state’s eight congressional districts with the DFL maintaining a 5-3 majority in the state delegation.

Republicans netted six state Senate seats to eke out a 34-33 majority and flip the chamber. The GOP also gained three seats in the state House to build their majority to 76-57 with one vacancy at the convening of the new legislature.

Appointed Associate Justice Natalie Hudson was elected to the Supreme Court for a full term.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/08/2016 State Senate, District 65 General Sandy Pappas (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 27,743 votes (80.70%) and a winning margin of +61.85
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Sandy Pappas Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 27,743 80.70
Jason Delmont Man Republican 6,479 18.85
Scattering Write-In 158 0.46
11/08/2016 State Senate, District 64 General Dick R. Cohen (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 36,757 votes (76.67%) and a winning margin of +53.56
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dick R. Cohen Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 36,757 76.67
Ian Baird Man Republican 11,078 23.11
Scattering Write-In 107 0.22
11/08/2016 State Senate, District 63 General Patricia Torres Ray (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 38,470 votes (80.70%) and a winning margin of +61.67
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Patricia Torres Ray Incumbent Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 38,470 80.70
Ron Moey Man Republican 9,068 19.02
Scattering Write-In 135 0.28
11/08/2016 State Senate, District 62 General Jeff Hayden (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 29,564 votes (87.84%) and a winning margin of +76.27
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Jeff Hayden Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 29,564 87.84
Bruce A. Lundeen Man Republican 3,897 11.58
Scattering Write-In 194 0.58
11/08/2016 State House, District 05A General Matt Bliss (Republican) won with 10,318 votes (53.88%) and a winning margin of +7.88
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Matt Bliss Man Republican 10,318 53.88
John Persell Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 8,808 45.99
Scattering Write-In 25 0.13