Democrats Gain Power In Washington And Minnesota

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:38 AM

Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives in Washington.

Democrats swept to power in mid-term elections held yesterday.

With some votes still being counted this morning, the Democrats managed to win over 31 Republican-held seats while losing four.

One of those seats turned over to the Republicans was Minnesota's District 8 where Pete Stauber was elected.

It's just the second time since 1947, but the second time in seven years, that the district's voters have elected a Republican

The district includes all of northeastern Minnesota including Koochiching County.

The Republicans did hold on to the Senate.

Minnesota's two senators, both Democrats, were returned to office.

Amy Klobuchar won a third-term by taking over 60 per cent of the vote.

Tina Smith, who was appointed Minnesota's other senator earlier this year to replace Al Franken, kept the seat by earning almost 53 per cent of the vote in a special election.

Some big wins for the Democrats on the state level as well.

Tim Walz was elected Governor over Republican challenger Jeff Johnson.

Democrats gained 18 seats to grab control of the House while the Republicans mirrored their federal counterparts in maintaining control of the Senate.

Rob Ecklund was among Democrats to retain his seat in the House as the District 3A rep which includes Koochiching County.