GOP's Minn. Senate majority at risk in close races

11:12 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate is at risk with Democrats leading in several key races in the Twin Cities suburbs.

Democrat Melissa Franzen was leading Republican Rep. Keith Downey in Edina, while Democrat John Hoffman was ahead of GOP Sen. Ben Kruse in Brooklyn Park and Democrat Alice Johnson was running ahead of Republican Sen. Pam Wolf in Blaine. Returns were partial.

Republicans were defending more seats in that chamber than Democrats were on Tuesday, complicating their fight to keep control. A turnover of four seats would flip control.

The GOP swept into power just two years ago, overturning nearly four decades of Democratic rule. Senate Republicans struggled after taking power, with a sex scandal reshuffling top leadership and a related lawsuit running up big legal bills.

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