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For the past two years, Minnesota's Legislature has been controlled by Republicans for the first time in nearly four decade. That could change this year with all 201 state House and Senate seats listed Nov. 6. AP Photo

Minn. races, sure to have big impact on who controls Legislature, slip under radar


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters tune in to presidential debates, discuss constitutional amendments and follow eight U.S. House races.

But the biggest impact on state residents could be decided lower on the ballot, where all 201 state House and Senate seats will be listed Nov. 6. Legislators are the people who make decisions that immediately affect Minnesotans.

Who Minnesotans elect to the Legislature is important, House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.