As we wait for the final results of the last few Minnesota legislative races to come in, one thing continues to become clear: the DFL continues to shore up its political control in the Twin Cities, and the Republicans continue to shore up their control in Greater Minnesota.
At the end of the night, it appears that the Republicans were able to flip five DFL held seats in the House, bringing the DFL majority down to 70-64. Three of the five flipped seats are from Greater Minnesota. Some of these races may change as mail-in ballots continue to come in, and some of the races will likely have recounts. Flipped seats include the likely loss of Rep. Jeanne Poppe, an eight-term legislator from Austin, and Rep. John Persell, a five-term (non-consecutive) legislator from Bemidji. The Republicans did flip two Twin Cities seats, defeating Rep. Brad Tabke (DFL-Shakopee) and Rep. Ann Claflin (DFL-South St. Paul).