Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says she won’t join Gov. Mark Dayton in his bid for a second term. Prettner Solon announced her decision Tuesday. She says she’ll finish her term. The former state senator from Duluth brought northern Minnesota appeal to Dayton’s first run in 2010.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn’t expect his lieutenant governor to decide for months on whether she’ll run with him for a second term. The first-term Democrat addressed the issue Tuesday after Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon was quoted last week wavering about trying for re-election.