On paper, the race for the District 17A State Representative seat looked to be a close one.

 

On paper, the race for the District 17A State Representative seat looked to be a close one.

Incumbent Republican Time Miller faced a tough challenge from Democrat Lyle Koenen. In the end, Miller was re-elected by a comfortable 60 percent to 40 percent margin over Koenen.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Representative District 7 race, Democrat Collin Peterson was re-elected.

Peterson defeated Republican challenger Dave Hughes by a nine percent margin.

In other state races, incumbent U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was elected to her third term, handily defeating Republican Jim Newberger with 60 percent of the vote to Newberger’s 36 percent.

In the U.S. Senator Special Election to fill the seat vacated by Al Franken, Democrat Tina Smith, who filled Franken’s seat after his departure, defeated Republican challenger Karin Housely.

Smith received 52 percent of the vote as opposed to 42 percent for Housely.

In the race for Governor and Lt. Governor, Democrats Tim Walz and running mate Peggy Flanahan defeated Republicans Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom. Walz/Flanahan took 54 percent of

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