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DFLers win 2 Minnesota Senate special elections

Oct 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — DFLers have easily won special elections to fill two open seats in the Minnesota Senate.

In Senate District 46, which includes portions of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, unofficial returns Tuesday show Democrat Chris Eaton defeated Republican Cory Jensen and Tom Reynolds of the Independence Party. The District 46 seat has been vacant since the death in June of Democratic Sen. Linda Scheid.

In south Minneapolis, Democratic state Rep. Jeff Hayden won the District 61 seat once held by Democratic Sen. Linda Berglin. Berglin resigned in August to take a job with Hennepin County.

Unofficial returns show Hayden beat the Independence Party's Matt Brillhart, Green Party candidate Farheen Hakeem and Republican Bruce Lundeen.

Both seats are traditionally Democratic strongholds.

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