***Last Update: 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012***
Reps. Linda Slocum (50A) and Jean Wagenius (63B), as well as Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (District 63) were all given another term early Wednesday morning, with newcomer Melissa Halvorson-Wiklund getting the Senate District 50 seat.
And they're all part of the Democratic Party.
Which isn't a surprise, being that Richfield traditionally votes liberal.
What is a surprise, however, is these four wins helped the DFL gain the majority in both the House and Senate. Anaylists had previously predicted the Senate could go blue, but the House was a major surprise for most.
According to MinnPost, the new Senate appears to have 39 DFLers and 28 Republicans, with the House makeup appearing to be 73 DFLers and 61 Republicans. Some votes are still coming in.
RESULTSMinnesota House District 50A (11 of 11 precincts reporting)
Name Party Total Votes Percentage Linda Slocum * DFL 12,036 62.22 Craig Marston GOP 5,864 30.24 Joseph Koch Independence 1,439 7.39
Minnesota House District 63B (13 of 13 precincts reporting)
Name Party Total Votes Percentage Jean Wagenius * DFL 17,181 76.38 Matt Ashley GOP 5,240 23.30 Minnesota Senate District 50 (26 of 26 precincts reporting)
Name Party Total Votes Percentage Melissa Halvorson-Wiklund DFL 25,300 60.85 Vern Wilcox GOP 16,193 38.95 Minnesota Senate District 63 (27 of 27 precincts reporting)
Name Party Total Votes Percentage Patricia Torres-Ray * DFL 36,866 80.81 Patrick Marron GOP 8,636
More election results can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
Richfield Patch will update readers with the final totals of the four races and will continue its coverage of local, state and national races in the coming days.