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2014 Minnesota House of Representatives election

Minnesota House of Representatives election, 2014

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All 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives
68 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Rep Kurt Daudt.jpg Paul Thissen.jpg
Leader Kurt Daudt Paul Thissen
Party Republican DFL
Leader since November 10, 2012 November 4, 2010
Leader's seat 31A–Crown 61B–Minneapolis
Last election 61 seats, 45.13% 73 seats, 53.74%
Seats won 72 62
Seat change Increase11 Decrease11
Popular vote 958,667 944,961
Percentage 50.01% 49.30%
Swing Increase4.88 pp Decrease4.44 pp

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District Results

Speaker before election

Paul Thissen
DFL

Elected Speaker

Kurt Daudt
Republican

The 2014 Minnesota House of Representatives election was held in the U.S. state of Minnesota on November 4, 2014, to elect members to the House of Representatives of the 89th Minnesota Legislature. A primary election was held in several districts on August 12, 2014.

The Republican Party of Minnesota won a majority of seats, defeating the majority of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL). This was the first election for the DFL since it won a majority of seats in the 2012 election, after losing a majority to the Republicans in the 2010 election. The new Legislature convened on January 6, 2015.

Retiring members

DFL

Republican

Competitive districts

According to an analysis by the Star Tribune, based on past election results, fundraising, and other factors, 16 seats were vulnerable to switching parties. 14 were held by the DFL and two by the Republicans.[15] According to MinnPost, 15 seats had the best chance of switching parties, based on the district's political lean (as calculated by MinnPost),[16] previous election results, and the strength of the respective candidates. 13 were held by the DFL and two by the Republicans.[17]

District Incumbent Party Star Tribune
(September 7, 2014)
MinnPost
(October 28, 2014)
Result
1B Deb Kiel Republican Yes Yes Hold
2A Roger Erickson DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
2B Steve Green Republican No Yes Hold
4A Ben Lien DFL Yes No Hold
10B Joe Radinovich DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
11B Tim Faust DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
12A Jay McNamar DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
14B Zach Dorholt DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
17A Andrew Falk DFL No Yes Republican gain
17B Mary Sawatzky DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
27A Shannon Savick DFL Yes Yes Republican gain
36A Mark Uglem Republican Yes No Hold
48A Yvonne Selcer DFL Yes Yes Hold
49A Ron Erhardt DFL Yes No Hold
49B Paul Rosenthal DFL Yes Yes Hold
51A Sandra Masin DFL Yes Yes Hold
51B Laurie Halverson DFL Yes Yes Hold
56B Will Morgan DFL Yes Yes Republican gain

Primary election results

District Party Candidates Votes %
5A Republican Phillip Nelson 1,289 100.00
DFL John Persell[18] 1,544 84.60
Lavern Pederson[19] 281 15.40
6A Republican Roger Weber 977 100.00
DFL Carly Melin[20] 2,979 80.04
John Finken[20] 743 19.96
7B Republican Travis Silvers[20] 371 57.43
Carla Bayerl[20] 275 42.57
DFL Erik Simonson 1,601 100.00
12A Republican Jeff Backer[21] 1,777 55.55
Nancy Taffe[22] 1,422 44.45
DFL Jay McNamar 1,512 100.00
30B Republican Eric Lucero[23] 1,363 63.99
Kevin Kasel[24] 767 36.01
DFL Sharon Shimek 361 100.00
35A Republican Abigail Whelan[25] 1,794 80.70
Justin Boals[26] 429 19.30
DFL Peter Perovich 781 100.00
44B Republican Ryan Rutzick 1,393 100.00
DFL Jon Applebaum[27] 1,053 37.58
Tony Wagner[28] 1,016 36.26
Jon Tollefson[27] 733 26.16
47A Republican Jim Nash[29] 1,406 59.93
Bob Frey[29] 940 40.07
DFL Matthew Gieseke 474 100.00
48B Republican Jenifer Loon[30] 1,925 60.63
Sheila Kihne[31] 1,250 39.37
DFL Joan Howe-Pullis 671 100.00
51A Republican Andrea Todd-Harlin[32] 891 55.90
Victor Lake[33] 703 44.10
DFL Sandra Masin 970 100.00
55A Independence Derek Thury 21 100.00
Republican Bob Loonan[20] 721 50.60
Bruce Mackenthun[34] 704 49.40
DFL Jay Whiting[35] 512 82.85
Ronald Gray[20] 106 17.15
60B Republican Abdimalik Askar[36] 91 81.25
Abdulkarim Godah[20] 21 18.75
DFL Phyllis Kahn[37] 2,332 54.47
Mohamud Noor[38] 1,949 45.53
63B Republican Andres Hortillosa 543 100.00
DFL Jean Wagenius[39] 2,166 91.08
Roger Kittelson[20] 212 8.92

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[40]

General election

Opinion polling

Polling firm/client Polling period Sample
size
Margin of
error
DFL Republican Other Undecided
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 27–30, 2014 596 LV ± 4.1% 44% 43% 5% 7%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV October 14–16, 2014 597 LV ± 4.1% 46% 42% 5% 6%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV September 30 – October 2, 2014 577 LV ± 4.2% 46% 42% 5% 7%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV August 19–21, 2014 600 LV ± 4.1% 43% 45% 5% 8%
Public Policy Polling June 12–15, 2014 633 RV ± 3.9% 46% 41% 14%
SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV June 5–9, 2014 1017 LV ± 3.1% 42% 45% 5% 8%
Public Policy Polling May 17–19, 2013 712 ± 3.7% 47% 41% 12%

Results

Summary of the November 4, 2014 Minnesota House of Representatives election results
Party Candidates Votes Seats
No. % pp No. No. %
Republican Party of Minnesota 133 958,667 50.01 Increase4.88 72 Increase11 53.73
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party 126 944,961 49.30 Decrease4.44 62 Decrease11 46.27
Independence Party of Minnesota 4 2,846 0.15 Decrease0.35 0 Steady 0.00
Green Party of Minnesota 2 2,001 0.10 Increase0.10 0 Steady 0.00
Constitution Party of Minnesota 1 1,924 0.10 Decrease0.03 0 Steady 0.00
Write-in N/A 6,455 0.34 Decrease0.02 0 Steady 0.00
Total 1,916,854 100.00 ±0.00 134 ±0 100.00
Invalid/blank votes 75,712 3.80 Positive decrease3.60
Turnout (out of 3,945,136 eligible voters)[41] 1,992,566 50.51 Decrease25.91
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State,[42] Minnesota Legislative Reference Library[43]

District results

District Incumbent Candidates
Name Party First
elected
Name Party Votes % Winner
Party
1A Dan Fabian Republican 2010 Dan Fabian[44] Republican 9,942 67.09 Republican
Bruce Patterson[20] DFL 4,864 32.82
1B Deb Kiel Republican 2010 Deb Kiel[20] Republican 7,176 55.61 Republican
Eric Bergeson[45] DFL 5,721 44.34
2A Roger Erickson DFL 2012 Dave Hancock[20] Republican 7,839 52.36 Republican
Roger Erickson[46] DFL 7,109 47.49
2B Steve Green Republican 2012 Steve Green[20] Republican 8,335 57.16 Republican
David Sobieski[23] DFL 6,236 42.77
3A David Dill DFL 2002 David Dill[20] DFL 12,067 65.55 DFL
Eric Johnson[47] Republican 6,297 34.21
3B Mary Murphy DFL 1976 Mary Murphy[20] DFL 9,956 62.16 DFL
Wade Flemling[48] Republican 6,041 37.72
4A Ben Lien DFL 2012 Ben Lien[49] DFL 6,713 58.34 DFL
Brian Gramer[20] Republican 4,772 41.47
4B Paul Marquart DFL 2000 Paul Marquart[49] DFL 9,135 65.84 DFL
Jared LaDuke[20] Republican 4,734 34.12
5A John Persell DFL 2008 John Persell[40] DFL 7,871 55.16 DFL
Phillip Nelson[20] Republican 6,385 44.74
5B Tom Anzelc DFL 2006 Tom Anzelc[18] DFL 9,449 56.54 DFL
Justin Eichorn[48] Republican 7,241 43.33
6A Carly Melin DFL 2011* Carly Melin[50] DFL 11,257 69.38 DFL
Roger Weber[48] Republican 4,930 30.39
6B Jason Metsa DFL 2012 Jason Metsa[20] DFL 11,363 64.11 DFL
Matt Matasich[20] Republican 6,334 35.73
7A Tom Huntley DFL 1992 Jennifer Schultz[51] DFL 9,658 62.11 DFL
Becky Hall[51] Republican 5,175 33.28
Kristine Osbakken[20] Green 693 4.46
7B Erik Simonson DFL 2012 Erik Simonson[52] DFL 9,435 71.05 DFL
Travis Silvers[40] Republican 3,803 28.64
8A Bud Nornes Republican 1996 Bud Nornes[53] Republican 9,739 64.69 Republican
Jim Miltich[54] DFL 5,303 35.22
8B Mary Franson Republican 2010 Mary Franson[55] Republican 9,270 58.41 Republican
Jay Sieling[54] DFL 6,565 41.36
9A Mark Anderson Republican 2012 Mark Anderson[56] Republican 9,336 63.89 Republican
Dan Bye[57] DFL 5,263 36.02
9B Ron Kresha Republican 2012 Ron Kresha[56] Republican 8,449 56.42 Republican
Al Doty[58] DFL 6,518 43.53
10A John Ward DFL 2006 Josh Heintzeman[59] Republican 8,646 53.37 Republican
John Ward[60] DFL 7,539 46.54
10B Joe Radinovich DFL 2012 Dale Lueck[61] Republican 9,209 51.86 Republican
Joe Radinovich[62] DFL 8,523 48.00
11A Mike Sundin DFL 2012 Mike Sundin[63] DFL 9,493 62.35 DFL
Tim Hafvenstein[20] Republican 5,717 37.55
11B Tim Faust DFL 2006, 2012 Jason Rarick[33] Republican 7,545 53.67 Republican
Tim Faust[39] DFL 6,488 46.15
12A Jay McNamar DFL 2012 Jeff Backer[40] Republican 8,725 51.85 Republican
Jay McNamar[64] DFL 8,065 47.93
12B Paul Anderson Republican 2008 Paul Anderson[65] Republican 9,920 67.84 Republican
Gordy Wagner[66] DFL 4,694 32.10
13A Jeff Howe Republican 2012 Jeff Howe[67] Republican 8,562 60.51 Republican
Emily Jensen[68] DFL 5,572 39.38
13B Tim O'Driscoll Republican 2010 Tim O'Driscoll[67] Republican 11,284 97.48 Republican
14A Tama Theis Republican 2013* Tama Theis[69] Republican 7,292 54.90 Republican
Dan Wolgamott[70] DFL 5,972 44.96
14B Zach Dorholt DFL 2012 Jim Knoblach[71] Republican 5,674 50.15 Republican
Zach Dorholt[72] DFL 5,605 49.54
15A Sondra Erickson Republican 1998*, 2010 Sondra Erickson[73] Republican 8,348 63.01 Republican
Jim Rittenour[67] DFL 4,876 36.80
15B Jim Newberger Republican 2012 Jim Newberger[73] Republican 9,166 63.93 Republican
Brian Johnson[74] DFL 5,154 35.95
16A Chris Swedzinski Republican 2010 Chris Swedzinski[75] Republican 8,642 61.72 Republican
Laurie Driessen[76] DFL 5,355 38.24
16B Paul Torkelson Republican 2008 Paul Torkelson[77] Republican 9,053 64.94 Republican
James Kanne[78] DFL 4,872 34.95
17A Andrew Falk DFL 2008 Tim Miller[79] Republican 8,453 55.37 Republican
Andrew Falk[20] DFL 6,789 44.47
17B Mary Sawatzky DFL 2012 Dave Baker[80] Republican 7,807 50.66 Republican
Mary Sawatzky[20] DFL 7,593 49.27
18A Dean Urdahl Republican 2002 Dean Urdahl[81] Republican 9,965 67.22 Republican
Steven Schiroo[20] DFL 4,808 32.43
18B Glenn Gruenhagen Republican 2010 Glenn Gruenhagen[82] Republican 8,801 63.94 Republican
John Lipke[20] DFL 4,939 35.88
19A Clark Johnson DFL 2013* Clark Johnson[83] DFL 7,458 54.08 DFL
Kim Spears[84] Republican 6,313 45.78
19B Kathy Brynaert DFL 2006 Jack Considine[85] DFL 6,258 55.96 DFL
David Kruse[86] Republican 4,905 43.87
20A Kelby Woodard Republican 2010 Bob Vogel[87] Republican 8,836 64.29 Republican
Thomas Lofgren[20] DFL 4,881 35.52
20B David Bly DFL 2006, 2012 David Bly[88] DFL 8,300 57.97 DFL
Dan Matejcek[89] Republican 5,985 41.80
21A Tim Kelly Republican 2008 Tim Kelly[48] Republican 9,204 62.17 Republican
Lynn Schoen[90] DFL 5,593 37.78
21B Steve Drazkowski Republican 2007* Steve Drazkowski[20] Republican 9,075 63.33 Republican
M.A. Schneider[20] DFL 5,213 36.38
22A Joe Schomacker Republican 2010 Joe Schomacker[20] Republican 9,779 66.71 Republican
Diane Slyter[91] DFL 4,868 33.21
22B Rod Hamilton Republican 2004 Rod Hamilton[20] Republican 8,243 66.19 Republican
Cheryl Avenel-Navara[20] DFL 4,200 33.72
23A Bob Gunther Republican 1995* Bob Gunther[20] Republican 9,232 61.66 Republican
Pat Bacon[20] DFL 5,735 38.30
23B Tony Cornish Republican 2002 Tony Cornish[48] Republican 11,339 96.11 Republican
24A John Petersburg Republican 2012 John Petersburg[92] Republican 7,202 54.73 Republican
Beverly Cashman[20] DFL 5,949 45.21
24B Patti Fritz DFL 2004 Brian Daniels[89] Republican 6,163 50.85 Republican
Patti Fritz[39] DFL 5,942 49.02
25A Duane Quam Republican 2010 Duane Quam[93] Republican 10,970 96.24 Republican
25B Kim Norton DFL 2006 Kim Norton[20] DFL 9,844 94.91 DFL
26A Tina Liebling DFL 2004 Tina Liebling[39] DFL 6,244 55.23 DFL
Breanna Bly[94] Republican 5,050 44.67
26B Mike Benson Republican 2010 Nels Pierson[8] Republican 9,251 59.85 Republican
Richard Wright[95] DFL 6,188 40.03
27A Shannon Savick DFL 2012 Peggy Bennett[96] Republican 8,155 53.04 Republican
Shannon Savick[97] DFL 6,139 39.93
Thomas Price[90] Independence 1,066 6.93
27B Jeanne Poppe DFL 2004 Jeanne Poppe[39] DFL 6,498 54.10 DFL
Dennis Schminke[98] Republican 5,501 45.80
28A Gene Pelowski DFL 1986 Gene Pelowski[39] DFL 7,279 62.70 DFL
Lynae Hahn[20] Republican 4,307 37.10
28B Greg Davids Republican 1991*, 2008 Greg Davids[99] Republican 9,013 55.88 Republican
Jon Pieper[100] DFL 7,090 43.96
29A Joe McDonald Republican 2010 Joe McDonald[101] Republican 11,839 96.80 Republican
29B Marion O'Neill Republican 2012 Marion O'Neill[101] Republican 10,196 96.77 Republican
30A Nick Zerwas Republican 2012 Nick Zerwas[102] Republican 9,349 68.51 Republican
Brenden Ellingboe[103] DFL 4,279 31.35
30B David FitzSimmons Republican 2012 Eric Lucero[40] Republican 9,005 67.75 Republican
Sharon Shimek[103] DFL 4,256 32.02
31A Kurt Daudt Republican 2010 Kurt Daudt[9] Republican 10,363 96.67 Republican
31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 1994, 1998 Tom Hackbarth[104] Republican 9,726 64.47 Republican
JD Holmquist[105] DFL 5,339 35.39
32A Brian Johnson Republican 2012 Brian Johnson[106] Republican 8,006 57.48 Republican
Paul Gammel[107] DFL 5,907 42.41
32B Bob Barrett Republican 2010 Bob Barrett[48] Republican 8,459 55.73 Republican
Laurie Warner[107] DFL 6,707 44.19
33A Jerry Hertaus Republican 2012 Jerry Hertaus[108] Republican 12,003 65.70 Republican
Todd Mikkelson[108] DFL 6,246 34.19
33B Cindy Pugh Republican 2012 Cindy Pugh[109] Republican 10,934 61.22 Republican
Paul Alegi[20] DFL 6,911 38.69
34A Joyce Peppin Republican 2004 Joyce Peppin[110] Republican 12,411 97.05 Republican
34B Kurt Zellers Republican 2003* Dennis Smith[111] Republican 9,016 56.36 Republican
David Hoden[20] DFL 6,965 43.54
35A Jim Abeler Republican 1998 Abigail Whelan[40] Republican 7,808 59.95 Republican
Peter Perovich[112] DFL 5,192 39.86
35B Peggy Scott Republican 2008 Peggy Scott[20] Republican 10,034 65.97 Republican
Sam Beard[20] DFL 5,162 33.94
36A Mark Uglem Republican 2012 Mark Uglem[113] Republican 8,080 58.95 Republican
Jefferson Fietek[114] DFL 5,608 40.92
36B Melissa Hortman DFL 2004 Melissa Hortman[39] DFL 7,407 51.90 DFL
Peter Crema[115] Republican 6,851 48.00
37A Jerry Newton DFL 2008, 2012 Jerry Newton[116] DFL 6,934 52.45 DFL
Mandy Benz[117] Republican 6,275 47.46
37B Tim Sanders Republican 2008 Tim Sanders[48] Republican 7,602 55.40 Republican
Susan Witt[118] DFL 6,111 44.54
38A Linda Runbeck Republican 1989*, 2010 Linda Runbeck[119] Republican 9,213 62.19 Republican
Patrick Davern[120] DFL 5,586 37.71
38B Matt Dean Republican 2004 Matt Dean[115] Republican 9,529 56.07 Republican
Greg Pariseau[120] DFL 7,444 43.80
39A Bob Dettmer Republican 2006 Bob Dettmer[121] Republican 9,730 58.02 Republican
Tim Stender[39] DFL 7,028 41.91
39B Kathy Lohmer Republican 2010 Kathy Lohmer[122] Republican 9,531 54.56 Republican
Tom DeGree[123] DFL 7,926 45.37
40A Mike Nelson DFL 2002 Mike Nelson[39] DFL 5,711 64.85 DFL
Chuck Sutphen[20] Republican 3,077 34.94
40B Debra Hilstrom DFL 2000 Debra Hilstrom[20] DFL 6,778 67.36 DFL
Mali Marvin[124] Republican 3,265 32.45
41A Connie Bernardy DFL 2000, 2012 Connie Bernardy[20] DFL 8,265 60.16 DFL
Jeff Phillips[124] Republican 5,451 39.68
41B Carolyn Laine DFL 2006 Carolyn Laine[20] DFL 8,322 57.38 DFL
Camden Pike[125] Republican 4,248 29.29
Tim Utz[20] Constitution 1,924 13.27
42A Barb Yarusso DFL 2012 Barb Yarusso[39] DFL 8,766 50.55 DFL
Randy Jessup[126] Republican 8,546 49.28
42B Jason Isaacson DFL 2012 Jason Isaacson[39] DFL 8,814 52.30 DFL
Heidi Gunderson[115] Republican 8,014 47.55
43A Peter Fischer DFL 2012 Peter Fischer[39] DFL 8,314 50.64 DFL
Stacey Stout[127] Republican 8,068 49.14
43B Leon Lillie DFL 2004 Leon Lillie[39] DFL 7,891 58.08 DFL
Justice Whitethorn[20] Republican 5,672 41.75
44A Sarah Anderson Republican 2006 Sarah Anderson[128] Republican 9,377 55.51 Republican
Audrey Britton[129] DFL 7,504 44.43
44B John Benson DFL 2006 Jon Applebaum[40] DFL 9,507 51.30 DFL
Ryan Rutzick[128] Republican 8,981 48.46
45A Lyndon Carlson DFL 1972 Lyndon Carlson[39] DFL 7,988 56.52 DFL
Richard Lieberman[130] Republican 6,117 43.28
45B Mike Freiberg DFL 2012 Mike Freiberg[39] DFL 10,750 66.94 DFL
Alma Wetzker[124] Republican 5,281 32.89
46A Ryan Winkler DFL 2006 Ryan Winkler[39] DFL 10,666 66.17 DFL
Timothy Manthey[20] Republican 5,425 33.66
46B Steve Simon DFL 2004 Cheryl Youakim[131] DFL 9,525 68.50 DFL
Bryan Bjornson[20] Republican 4,353 31.30
47A Ernie Leidiger Republican 2010 Jim Nash[132] Republican 10,934 67.63 Republican
Matthew Gieseke[20] DFL 5,186 32.08
47B Joe Hoppe Republican 2002 Joe Hoppe[133] Republican 11,340 97.18 Republican
48A Yvonne Selcer DFL 2012 Yvonne Selcer[134] DFL 9,606 50.04 DFL
Kirk Stensrud[135] Republican 9,565 49.83
48B Jenifer Loon Republican 2008 Jenifer Loon[136] Republican 10,294 64.42 Republican
Joan Howe-Pullis[137] DFL 5,661 35.43
49A Ron Erhardt DFL 1990, 2012 Ron Erhardt[138] DFL 10,206 51.38 DFL
Dario Anselmo[139] Republican 9,645 48.55
49B Paul Rosenthal DFL 2008, 2012 Paul Rosenthal[140] DFL 10,171 52.80 DFL
Barb Sutter[141] Republican 9,075 47.11
50A Linda Slocum DFL 2006 Linda Slocum[39] DFL 8,260 64.72 DFL
Dean Mumbleau[20] Republican 4,481 35.11
50B Ann Lenczewski DFL 1998 Ann Lenczewski[142] DFL 10,060 65.60 DFL
Zavier Bicott[20] Republican 5,251 34.24
51A Sandra Masin DFL 2006, 2012 Sandra Masin[143] DFL 7,262 51.47 DFL
Andrea Todd-Harlin[40] Republican 6,821 48.34
51B Laurie Halverson DFL 2012 Laurie Halverson[144] DFL 8,757 51.09 DFL
Jen Wilson[145] Republican 8,366 48.80
52A Rick Hansen DFL 2004 Rick Hansen[39] DFL 9,777 59.38 DFL
Joe Blum[127] Republican 6,661 40.46
52B Joe Atkins DFL 2002 Joe Atkins[39] DFL 9,831 64.47 DFL
Don Lee[20] Republican 5,405 35.45
53A JoAnn Ward DFL 2012 JoAnn Ward[146] DFL 8,420 58.36 DFL
Lukas Czech[147] Republican 5,983 41.47
53B Andrea Kieffer Republican 2010 Kelly Fenton[148] Republican 8,634 56.93 Republican
Kay Hendrickson[149] DFL 6,515 42.96
54A Dan Schoen DFL 2012 Dan Schoen[150] DFL 7,047 55.52 DFL
Matthew Kowalski[150] Republican 5,629 44.35
54B Denny McNamara Republican 2002 Denny McNamara[150] Republican 8,853 60.54 Republican
Donald Slaten[20] DFL 5,750 39.32
55A Mike Beard Republican 2002 Bob Loonan[151] Republican 6,439 56.75 Republican
Jay Whiting[151] DFL 4,398 38.76
Derek Thury[20] Independence 500 4.41
55B Tony Albright Republican 2012 Tony Albright[75] Republican 9,278 61.00 Republican
Kevin Burkart[152] DFL 5,422 35.65
Josh Ondich[20] Independence 507 3.33
56A Pam Myhra Republican 2010 Drew Christensen[153] Republican 7,498 55.81 Republican
Dan Kimmel[154] DFL 5,913 44.01
56B Will Morgan DFL 2006, 2012 Roz Peterson[155] Republican 7,856 53.99 Republican
Will Morgan[156] DFL 6,669 45.83
57A Tara Mack Republican 2008 Tara Mack[20] Republican 8,347 58.44 Republican
Bruce Folken[157] DFL 5,931 41.52
57B Anna Wills Republican 2012 Anna Wills[158] Republican 9,083 58.40 Republican
Denise Packard[158] DFL 6,458 41.53
58A Mary Liz Holberg Republican 1998 Jon Koznick[159] Republican 8,021 55.28 Republican
Amy Willingham[160] DFL 6,476 44.63
58B Pat Garofalo Republican 2004 Pat Garofalo[161] Republican 8,878 63.85 Republican
Marla Vagts[162] DFL 5,008 36.02
59A Joe Mullery DFL 1996 Joe Mullery[39] DFL 7,358 81.98 DFL
Fred Statema[20] Republican 1,547 17.24
59B Raymond Dehn DFL 2012 Raymond Dehn[39] DFL 8,671 78.10 DFL
Margaret Martin[20] Republican 2,378 21.42
60A Diane Loeffler DFL 2004 Diane Loeffler[39] DFL 11,819 82.42 DFL
Brent Millsop[124] Republican 2,472 17.24
60B Phyllis Kahn DFL 1972 Phyllis Kahn[163] DFL 7,908 76.89 DFL
Abdimalik Askar[40] Republican 2,298 22.34
61A Frank Hornstein DFL 2002 Frank Hornstein[39] DFL 14,239 80.79 DFL
Frank Taylor[124] Republican 3,341 18.96
61B Paul Thissen DFL 2002 Paul Thissen[39] DFL 14,740 80.94 DFL
Tom Gallagher[124] Republican 3,445 18.92
62A Karen Clark DFL 1980 Karen Clark[164] DFL 6,632 82.13 DFL
Yolandita Colon[20] Independence 773 9.57
Bruce Lundeen[20] Republican 650 8.05
62B Susan Allen DFL 2012* Susan Allen[164] DFL 11,495 88.66 DFL
Julie Hanson[20] Republican 1,417 10.93
63A Jim Davnie DFL 2000 Jim Davnie[39] DFL 15,026 86.44 DFL
Kyle Bragg[20] Republican 2,297 13.21
63B Jean Wagenius DFL 1986 Jean Wagenius[40] DFL 12,447 75.06 DFL
Andres Hortillosa[20] Republican 4,086 24.64
64A Erin Murphy DFL 2006 Erin Murphy[165] DFL 13,193 81.21 DFL
Andrew Brown[20] Republican 3,009 18.52
64B Michael Paymar DFL 1996 Dave Pinto[166] DFL 13,356 73.49 DFL
Daniel Surman[20] Republican 4,771 26.25
65A Rena Moran DFL 2010 Rena Moran[167] DFL 6,626 71.20 DFL
Anthony Meschke[20] Republican 1,358 14.59
Lena Buggs[20] Green 1,308 14.06
65B Carlos Mariani DFL 1990 Carlos Mariani[167] DFL 8,590 77.54 DFL
Tony Athen[168] Republican 2,427 21.91
66A Alice Hausman DFL 1989* Alice Hausman[169] DFL 11,100 67.09 DFL
Jon Heyer[20] Republican 5,421 32.76
66B John Lesch DFL 2002 John Lesch[169] DFL 7,047 76.41 DFL
Lizz Paulson[20] Republican 2,127 23.06
67A Tim Mahoney DFL 1998 Tim Mahoney[39] DFL 5,400 72.43 DFL
Andrew Livingston[20] Republican 2,032 27.26
67B Sheldon Johnson DFL 2000 Sheldon Johnson[39] DFL 6,222 72.82 DFL
John Quinn[170] Republican 2,289 26.79
*Elected in a special election.[171]
†Elected to non-consecutive terms.[172]
‡Retiring; not seeking re-election.

Seats changing parties

Party Incumbent District First elected Defeated by Party
DFL Zach Dorholt 14B 2012 Jim Knoblach Republican
Roger Erickson 2A 2012 Dave Hancock Republican
Andrew Falk 17A 2008 Tim Miller Republican
Tim Faust 11B 2006, 2012* Jason Rarick Republican
Patti Fritz 24B 2004 Brian Daniels Republican
Jay McNamar 12A 2012 Jeff Backer Republican
Will Morgan 56B 2006, 2012* Roz Peterson Republican
Joe Radinovich 10B 2012 Dale Lueck Republican
Shannon Savick 27A 2012 Peggy Bennett Republican
Mary Sawatzky 17B 2012 Dave Baker Republican
John Ward 10A 2006 Josh Heintzeman Republican
*Elected to non-consecutive terms.

Analysis

The Republicans made most of their gains in rural districts, continuing a trend of rural districts leaning more towards the Republicans and suburban districts leaning more towards the DFL.[190] Of the 11 districts they gained from the DFL, 10 are outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Seven rural DFL incumbents who voted for legalizing same-sex marriage lost their seats, despite their districts having supported a proposed constitutional amendment in 2012 to ban it. Yet two rural DFL incumbents who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage also lost their seats.[191]

Split-ticket voters determined the outcome of several key races. Nearly 450,000 voters chose one party's candidate for a House seat, but then switched to pick a different party's candidate for the United States Senate or governor. Eight of the 11 districts the DFL lost featured at least some ticket splitting between DFL candidate for governor Mark Dayton and/or U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken and the Republican House candidate. Nearly all of the DFL candidates who lost came from districts in which many voters supported Republicans in previous elections, including candidates for governor Republican Tom Emmer over Democrat Mark Dayton in 2010 and presidential candidates Republican Mitt Romney over Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012.[192]

Outside and party spending reached large levels in several House districts compared to what has been spent in the past as Republican groups focused their attention on the House rather than statewide races. In some races, spending reached $500,000.[191]

Turnout was the lowest in more than 20 years, with slightly over 50 percent of eligible voters having voted. Turnout across the state was lower compared to 2010. It was slightly lower in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, helping suburban DFL candidates win in those areas. In rural Minnesota, turnout was down by about 10 percentage points since 2010. Much of the drop-off was among DFL voters, while those who did vote in those districts were likely over the age of 45.[193]

See also

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