It was a good night for local Democrats, in Minnetonka and across the state.
Terri Bonoff (DFL) kept her Senate seat in District 44 with a win against Republican David Gaither.
Yvonne Selcer (DFL) defeated incumbent Republican Kirk Stensrud by 202 votes in a heated race for House Seat 48A.
Incumbent David Hann in Senate District 48 was the lone Republican voted in by local voters. He narrowly defeated Laurie McKendry.
"We came close," McKendry wrote early Wednesday on Facebook. "We were within 3 percent and that is an incredible race against a 10-year incumbent."
DFL candidate Melisa Franzen will represent Senate District 49 at the Capitol next year in a hard-fought race against former Republican State Rep. Keith Downey, by more than five percentage points.
DFL incumbent John Benson will continue to represent House District 44B after beating Rebublican Mark Stefan.
And finally in House District 49B, Democrat Paul Rosenthal beat out Republican Terry Jacobson.
In other election news, Erik Paulsen won his reelection bid against Democrat Brian Barnes in the race for the U.S. Congress seat in District 3. Jan Callison will remain on the Hennepin County Board, and former Minnetonka city manager John Gunyou will serve as a parks commissioner.
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Minnetonka traditionally has a very high voter turnout for presidential-year elections—usually between 80 and 90 percent. The longest lines on Election Day tend to occur first thing in the morning when many voters show up to vote before going to work.
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Redistricting has changed representation at the state-level for some Minnetonka voters. Senate District 33, which covers Lake Minnetonka communities, no longer covers any portion of Minnetonka. Instead, a small section of Minnetonka will now vote with Edina for Senate District 49 and the House District 49B seat.
Northern Minnetonka, Plymouth, WoodlandName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting Terri Bonoff DFL 27,204 55.81% 30/30 David Gaither GOP 21,464 44.04%
Southern Minnetonka, Eden PrairieName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting David Hann GOP 23,730 51.32 28/28 Laurie McKendry DFL 22,459 48.58
Edina, West Bloomington, Southeast Minnetonka and Northeast Eden PrairieName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting Keith Downey GOP 24,045 47.15% 34/34 Melisa Franzen DFL 26,893 52.74%
Northern Minnetonka, Plymouth, WoodlandName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting John Benson DFL 13,754 55.82% 18/18 Mark Stefan GOP 10,848 44.03%
Southern Minnetonka, Eden PrairieName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting Kirk Stensrud GOP 12,256 49.52 17/17 Yvonne Selcer DFL 12,458 50.34
Edina, West Bloomington, Southeast Minnetonka and Northeast Eden PrairieName Party Total Votes Percentage Precincts Reporting Terry Jacobson GOP 11,840 46.55 18/18 Paul Rosenthal DFL 13,560 53.31
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