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Minnesota Democrats outspent GOP while losing ground in battle for legislative control

 

February 3, 2021

ANTHONY SOUFFLE • Star Tribune

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler spoke with members of the states emergency response community including firefighters, police officers, nurses, corrections officer sand and public health workers as they gathered, while observing recommended distancing, for a press conference to ask the legislator to provide them with worker protections amid the Coronavirus pandemic Thursday. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com Members of the states emergency response community including firefighters, police officers, nurses, corrections officer sand and public health workers gathered for a press conference to ask the legislator to provide them with worker protections amid the Coronavirus pandemic Thursday, March 26, 2020 on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul, Minn. ORG XMIT: MIN2003261415040032

Democrats vastly outspent Republicans in the 2020 battle for control of the Minnesota Legislature, an election in which they failed to reclaim control of the Senate and lost ground in the House during a campaign transformed by the pandemic.

The Minnesota DFL Party and the House and Senate Democratic caucuses spent more than three times as much as their Republican counterparts, according to year-end campaign finance reports released Tuesday. They focused much of their resources on trying to flip the Republican-controlled Senate and deliver Democrats a trifecta hold on the Legislature and governor's office for the first time in nearly a decade.

But the opportunity slipped out of their grasp as legislative Republicans down ballot largely outperformed Donald Trump, who lost the president's race in Minnesota to Joe Biden by 7 percentage points.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-democrats-outspent-gop-while-losing-ground-in-battle-for-legislative-control/600018024/

 

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