Minnesota Democrats credit Roe, anxiety over democracy in taking control of state government
DFLers head to the Capitol in January with newfound power and a multibillion-dollar budget surplus
November 10, 2022
Heading into election night, Minnesota Democrats braced for a predicted "red wave" that would give Republicans control of the Legislature and perhaps deny Gov. Tim Walz a second term.
That wave never materialized.
Instead, Democrats say, new redistricting maps, anxiety over the future of democracy and voters fired up over the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade helped the party defy expectations and take complete control of state government for the first time since 2014. Though some close races had yet to be officially called, Republicans in the House and Senate on Wednesday conceded both chambers to Democrats.