DFL leads in three key Minnesota House races
Results trickling in from three bellwether Minnesota House races show DFLers holding a lead over their Republican challengers.
In House District 42A, DFL Rep. Barb Yarusso has a five point lead over Republican Randy Jessup.
Nearby in House District 42B, DFL rep. Jason Isaacson has a five point lead over Republican Heidi Gunderson.
And in House District 10B, DFL Rep. Joe Radinovich has a thin one point lead over Republican Dale Lueck. Radinovich went against his constituents and voted last year to legalize same-sex marriage.
Rep. John Kline declares victory
2nd District Republican Congressman John Kline has declared victory. “I am humble and grateful for the opportunity the men and women of Minnesota’s 2nd District have once again given me to represent them in Washington," he said in a statement. "It has been a privilege serving them and I look forward to tackling the challenges facing our country.”
Takeover: Republicans surge to control of Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, dispatched Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity. Voters are "hungry for new leadership. They want a reason to be hopeful," said the man now in line to become majority leader and set the Senate agenda.
Two-term incumbent Mark Pryor of Arkansas was the first Democrat to fall, defeated by freshman Rep. Tom Cotton. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado was next, defeated by Rep. Cory Gardner. Sen. Kay Hagan also lost, in North Carolina, to Thom Tilllis, the speaker of the state House.
Republicans also picked up seats in West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana, where Democrats retired. They needed a net gain of six seats in all to end a Democratic majority in place since 2006.
With dozens of House races uncalled, Republicans had picked up nine seats in Democratic hands, and given up only one.
Obama was at the White House as voters remade Congress for the final two years of his tenure. With lawmakers set to convene next week for a postelection session, he invited the leadership to a meeting on Friday.
-- David Espo and Robert Furlow, Associated Press
The AP has called House District 49B for DFL Rep. Paul Rosenthal. He beat Republican Barb Sutter by 5 percent.