The Democrats were angling to pull off an upset here but fell short. In the end the Republicans won a special election to fill a Minnesota State seat that a judge declared are re-vote on. From the Gerald-Forks Herald.
Republican Anne Neu won a special election for a Chisago County legislative seat Tuesday, dashing Democratic hopes that voter reactions to President Donald Trump would help them win a right-leaning House district.Neu beat DFL candidate Laurie Warner by 6 percentage points in the Valentine's Day election, carrying 53 percent of the vote to Warner's 47 percent. It was the first Republican-held seat up for election since Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration.Ordinarily, Neu would have been heavily favored to win — Trump took about 60 percent of the district's vote in November. But with special elections often unpredictable, Republicans didn't take anything for granted."I'm grateful to Chisago County residents for their support and trust to be their new voice in the legislature," Neu said in an emailed statement. "I'm eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work with my House colleagues working to make health care more affordable, cut taxes for families, and build a budget that respects Minnesota taxpayers."