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Gazelka chosen as Minnesota Senate Majority Leader

Gazelka chosen as Minnesota Senate Majority Leader

Gov. Mark Dayton said on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that legislative staff and his aides last met on the subject Friday and he wants them to get together again to work on legislation that could be brought up soon in a special legislative session.

Gazelka, who was educated at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., said he never considered caucus leadership until Hann lost.

House Republicans expanded their majority by defeating several incumbent Democrats, and the senate was poised to flip Republican, but that now hinges on a pair of automatic recounts in Plymouth and St. Cloud. A tax bill that contained an error otherwise was widely supported, but Dayton said he would wait until the regular session that begins January 3 before bringing that up.

Democrats had held a 10-seat advantage over Republicans in the Senate, 38 to 28 with one vacant seat. Daudt says he's reminding voters that Republicans in control serve as a check on Dayton.

Among Democrats turned out of legislative office is Sen.

Matt Bliss ousted Rep. John Persell of Bemidji 54 percent to 46 percent. Dayton said Wednesday that he knew a Democratic takeover of the House was a reach but that he expected to hold the Senate.

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, said he was disappointed with the results. "My colleagues and I in the House DFL caucus understand that frustration".

Much of the election in Minnesota has focused on three competitive U.S. House races.

Clinton, Trump wage tight race in OH as votes get counted
Clinton redoubled OH campaign efforts when the video's release, but failed to gain enough urban support to overcome Trump's lead. The campaign also sent actors Adam Scott, Kal Penn and the West Wing cast to stump throughout Northeast Ohio in October.

Nolan was pushed for the second straight election by Republican Stewart Mills.

Taryn Kelzer, 41, of Minnetonka, a real estate agent, mother of two and a Democrat, voted for Clinton both because she liked her and because she thinks Trump is too radical, including on immigration.

The 8th Congressional District contest in the northeastern quarter of the state attracted more than $20 million, one of the most expensive races in the country. Kevin Dahle of Northfield 52 percent to 48 percent.

Across the southern part of the state, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz held off an unexpectedly strong challenge by Republican Jim Hagedorn.

Trump's outstate power, however, didn't extend into the Twin Cities suburbs.

Polls before the election showed Clinton holding a single-digit, but comfortable lead.

The 2017 Legislature's top task will be setting a new, two-year budget, but Republicans have made clear that addressing health care access and costs will be a high priority.

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