Number of votes by which DFL lost House majority: 694
[Note: Corrected to fix my blinkered majority math.]
The House DFL caucus will meet tonight at 7 to review election results and select a new minority leader from the caucus. As we tweeted a few minutes ago, the rumored candidates include the three people who were angling to be Speaker Tony Sertich‘s number two: Reps. Steve Simon, Melissa Hortman, and Erin Murphy. But Tina Liebling (Rochester) and Paul Thissen (Minneapolis) are also said to be in the hunt, and more interested parties may emerge at the meeting.
A source close to the caucus says that current Majority Leader Sertich is undecided as to whether to pursue the post. DFLers are stunned and angry about losing control of the House, and the pain will likely be compounded by the caucus’s failure to win a number of very close races.
Five Six races in particular were extremely close, with Republicans winning all five by the aggregate total of 357 694 votes. Had Democrats managed a strategically placed 400 700 additional votes in those areas, they would have clung to their majority status by a single vote.
Those races, and the margins of GOP victory:
- HD 1B: Deb Kiel over Rep. Bernie Lieder (134 votes)
- HD 15B: King Banaian over Carol Lewis (28 votes)
- HD 25B: Kelby Woodard over Rep. David Bly (30 votes)
- HD 25A: Glenn Gruenhagen over Mick McGuire (337 votes)
- HD 27A: Rich Murray over Rep. Robin Brown (58 votes)
- HD 42A: Kirk Stensrud over Rep. Maria Ruud (107 votes)