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GOP incumbents re-elected to Legislature across west central Minnesota

These are the unofficial results of the 2022 election for county level offices in west central Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.

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WILLMAR — Republicans swept west central Minnesota Senate and House races on Nov. 8.

Meanwhile Minnesota Democrats kept their House majority, secured a Senate majority and swept all the statewide Minnesota offices, including re-electing Gov. Tim Walz.

The west central Minnesota legislative delegation will include one new member, Dawn Gillman of Dassel in House 17A, which includes parts of Renville, Meeker, McLeod and Wright counties.

The Senate DFL caucus elected a Twin Cities-centric leadership team Thursday, led by Minneapolis Sen. Kari Dziedzic as majority leader starting in January.

Senate Republicans, newly in the minority, on Thursday chose Sen. Mark Johnson, from East Grand Forks, as the minority leader starting in January.

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The House DFL caucus, remaining in the majority, chose Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park to continue as House Speaker.

The House Republicans have yet to vote on their party leaders for the 2023 session.

The following unofficial results are reported from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office except where noted.

District 12

Senate 12: Incumbent Torrey Westrom, R, was re-elected with 26,179 votes over Kari Dorry, DFL, with 10,813 and Ashley Klingbeil, We the People, with 1,485.

House 12A: Incumbent Paul H. Anderson, R, was re-elected with 13,281 votes over Edie Barrett, DFL, with 5,388.

House 12B: Incumbent Mary Franson, R, was re-elected with 13,756 votes over Jeremy Vinar, DFL, with 5,908.

District 13

Senate 13: Incumbent Jeff Howe, R, was re-elected with 27,295 votes over Alissa Brickman, DFL, with 11,647.

House 13A: Incumbent Lisa Demuth, R, was re-elected with 15,190 votes over Andrea Robinson, DFL, with 5,324.

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House 13B: Incumbent Tim O'Driscoll, R, was re-elected with12,256 votes over Melissa Bromenschenkel, DFL, with 6,092.

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District 15

Senate 15: Incumbent Gary Dahms, R, was re-elected with 25,781 votes over Anita Gaul, DFL, with 10,417.

House 15A: Incumbent Chris Swedzinski, R, was re-elected with 12,446 votes over Keith VanOverbeke, DFL, with 5,225.

House 15B: Incumbent Paul Torkelson, R, was re-elected with 13,445 votes over Tom Kuster, DFL, with 5,075

District 16

Senate 16: Incumbent Andrew Robert Lang, R, was re-elected with 24,607 votes over Fernando Alvarado, DFL, with 10,692.

House 16A: Incumbent Dean Urdhal, R, was re-elected with 12,986 votes over Robert M. Wright, DFL, with 4,714.

House 16B: Incumbent Dave Baker, R, was re-elected with 12,840 votes over Fred Cogelow, DFL, with 4,795.

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District 17

Senate 17: Incumbent Glenn Gruenhagen, R, was re-elected with 27,810 votes over Chad Tschimperle, DFL, with 11,797.

House 17A: Dawn Gillman, R, was elected with 13,431 votes over Jennifer Carpentier, DFL, with 5,659.

District 29

Senate 29: Incumbent Bruce Anderson, R, was re-elected with 26,505 votes over Chris Brazelton, DFL, with 12,422.

House 29A: Incumbent Joe McDonald, R, was elected with 14,798 votes over Sherri Leyda, DFL, with 6,115.

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