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Though the U.S. Senate race seemed to hold the most promise for a close race, it was the governor's race in Minnesota that grabbed the election-night headlines. Incumbent Tim Pawlenty held onto his office by just 22,000 votes over DFLer Mike Hatch. But Pawlenty saw his GOP colleagues swept out of office. In the Senate race, DFLer Amy Klobuchar easily beat Rep. Mark Kennedy.

The retirement of Sen. Mark Dayton sparked early interest in the campaign, with Rep. Mark Kennedy jumping in early. But a year later, Kennedy emerged as the lone Republican for the job, and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar's strength was forcing several Democrats, including Patty Wetterling, out of the race.

The Senate race immediately attracted national attention, but as Klobuchar surged ahead of Kennedy in the polls, much national attention turned to the 6th District, where Patty Wetterling and state Sen. Michele Bachmann were the major contenders. Bachmann beat Wettlerling. It was Wetterling's second straight loss in the district. In the 5th, Rep. Keith Ellison became the first Muslim congressman. And in the 1st, incumbent Gil Gutknecht was defeated by DFLer Tim Walz.
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Three independent polls this week say the race for governor in Minnesota is essentially a dead heat between Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch. The top candidates' campaign managers talk about their strategy in the coming weeks. (09/22/2006)
John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980 against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, discusses independent politics and third parties. (Midday, 09/22/2006)
The three candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district offered distinctly different views and sharp exchanges on health care, taxes and the war in Iraq in a debate Thursday night. (09/21/2006)
A blogger directed Amy Klobuchar's Senate campaign staffer to a competitor's ad through a Web link. The blogger says he did nothing wrong. Some legal experts disagree. (09/21/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Political analysts say the race could hinge on which candidate sways the most undecided voters. (09/21/2006)
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Jacobs, Director of the Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, and the survey's chief author. (09/21/2006)
Democrat Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate campaign has fired its chief spokeswoman, revealing Wednesday that she viewed an unreleased TV ad for Republican candidate Mark Kennedy that may have been illegally obtained. (09/21/2006)
Democratic attorney general candidate Lori Swanson held an 18 percentage point lead over Republican Jeff Johnson in a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, but 18 percent of those polled were still undecided. (09/19/2006)
The two leading U.S. Senate hopefuls used an AARP debate Tuesday night to draw distinctions, not just in differences of policy but in honesty and effectiveness. (09/19/2006)
In a crowded field, the three candidates for attorney general have much different opinions on use of the death penalty. (09/19/2006)
The candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District seat met for their first debate before a large audience Monday night in St. Cloud. (09/19/2006)
The DFLer is ahead of Kennedy in virtually every demographic category that the poll measured and has extended a lead among moderates and independents over the summer. (09/18/2006)
Clinton's appearance, and the $1 million he took in for Klobuchar, raises the stakes in the battle. Rep. Mark Kennedy responded with a new TV ad. (09/16/2006)
Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson made clear Friday he would try to turn the race into a referendum on outgoing Attorney General Mike Hatch, whose top deputy is the Democratic nominee. (09/15/2006)
The three major-party candidates running for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District met in their first debate since Tuesday's primary. (09/15/2006)

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