DFL Rep. Barb Yarusso has narrowly won re-election against Republican challenger Randy Jessup. And by narrow, I mean 1.2 percent. That's compared to her 6.73 percent margin of victory in 2012.
Fischer narrowly defeats Stout
DFL Rep. Peter Fischer of House District 43A has defeated Republican Stacey Stout by 1.6 percentage points, representing another narrow victory for the DFL. This is the second time Stout has lost in her bid to represent the area, which includes the White Bear Lake area.
This continues a trend we've been seeing all night: Republicans appear weak in suburban areas where they had hoped to win. But even though we're still waiting on results, the GOP is doing much better in greater Minnesota races as they attempt to flip the Minnesota House.
Two more Republican victories in Minnesota House
Republican Jason Rarick has defeated DFL House District 11B incumbent Tim Faust of Hinckley. He defeated Faust, who has served in the Legislature since 2006, by 7.6 percentage points.
Meanwhile, Jeff Backer has defeated DFL House District 12A incumbent Jay McNamar by 5.4 percentage points.
Both Faust and McNamar voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Their constituents opposed the measure.
DFLers John Ward of #mnleg HD10A and Andrew Falk of #mnleg HD17A defeated by Rs.
Morgan falls to Peterson in Minnesota House District 56B
Republican Roz Peterson has defeated DFL Rep. Will Morgan by 8 percentage points. That's a large margin for a race that was closely watched and closely contested. Morgan won his district by less than one percentage point in 2012.
Republicans picked up at least seven seats in the U.S. Senate during last night's election. Another two seats have yet to be determined.
McConnell on what the voters said yesterday. "They obviously aren't happy with the administration." He adds that the dissatisfaction goes beyond the White House. "They want us to look for areas of agreement."
Q: Can you end gridlock?
McConnell: "The American people have changed the Senate." He says there are high profile Democrats that have already reached out to him and that they want to get some work done.
"There is only one Democrat who counts: The President." -- McConnell, on the need for cooperation from the White House. "Democrats in Congress will support whatever he wants to do."
"Let me be clear: There will be no government shutdowns and no default on the national debt." - McConnell
Obama: American people have sent a message -- they want Washington to get the job done.
'As productive as possible'
Obama says he spoke to both House Speaker John Boehner and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling them that he looks forward "to finishing up this Congress's business" and then working in the next Congress. He noted that he'll be meeting with congressional leaders
The president said that in Tuesday's election, "the American people sent a message," that the public expects their elected leaders to work as hard as they do.
"All of us have to give Americans more of a reason" to feel better about their lives and their futures, Obama said.
The president added that he wants the government's next years to be "as productive as possible."
-- Bill Chappell, NPR
Areas of common interest
Listing areas where the Republicans and his administration could work together, Obama lists repairing America's infrastructure and foreign trade.
He adds that both he and the GOP's leaders are interested in helping youth.
Obama also noted that "voters went 5 for 5" in voting for minimum wage increases in last night's ballot initiatives.
-- Bill Chappell, NPR