How Republicans lost control of the Minnesota Senate
And fell short of taking the Minnesota House
November 15, 2022
Going into last week's election, no one knew for sure which party would end up with control of the two chambers of the Minnesota Legislature. All 201 seats were on the ballot, but redistricting meant there wasn't a historical record of which way the new districts might swing.
As the results came in, the outcome was clear: not only had Republicans failed to take control of the Minnesota House, they also lost their one-seat hold on the Minnesota Senate.
An analysis of the 2020 presidential election results showed voters in the majority of the newly drawn districts — in both chambers — went for President Biden over Donald Trump. That meant Republicans faced an uphill climb.