Control of Legislature, US House seats at stake in Minn.

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — There’s little doubt of the outcome in Minnesota’s presidential race, but that doesn’t mean there’s not drama on Election Day.

The high-stakes fight for control of the Legislature can be seen in races scattered across the state. Also, congressional races around the Twin Cities suburbs and in northeastern Minnesota have yielded millions of dollars in attack ads.

Democratic presidential candidates have won Minnesota since 1972 and President Richard Nixon’s re-election sweep. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has expended much energy in Minnesota.

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Also on the ballot is a constitutional amendment that would create an independent panel to set lawmaker pay. Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson was expected to handily win her election for a six-year term.