Tagelection results

Thissen wins re-election to Minnesota Supreme Court

Incumbent Paul Thissen defeated challenger Michelle L. MacDonald for a six-year term on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

One of the seven seats on the Minnesota Supreme Court was up for nonpartisan election this year. Thissen, a former Democratic speaker of the state House, is one of five justices currently on the court to have been appointed by a Democratic governor. Thissen’s win maintained the court’s 5-2 liberal majority.

MacDonald previously ran for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Minnesota Republican Party endorsed her 2014 campaign.



Knudsen defeats Graybill in Montana attorney general race

Austin Knudsen (R) defeated Raph Graybill (D) in the election for Montana attorney general. Incumbent Tim Fox (R) did not run for re-election. Montana’s attorney general is the state’s chief legal officer, chief law enforcement officer, and director of the Montana Department of Justice.

The results of Montana’s gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections transitioned the state from divided triplex control to Republican triplex control. Before the election, both the secretary of state and attorney general were Republicans and the governor was a Democrat. Greg Gianforte (R) won the gubernatorial race, and Republicans won both other offices.



Christi Jacobsen (R) defeats Bryce Bennett (D) in Montana secretary of state race

Christi Jacobsen (R) defeated Bryce Bennett (D) in the general election for Montana Secretary of State. Incumbent Corey Stapleton (R) did not run for re-election, instead running in the Republican primary for Montana’s At-Large Congressional District.

The results of Montana’s gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections transitioned the state from divided triplex control to Republican triplex control. Before the election, both the secretary of state and attorney general were Republicans and the governor was a Democrat. Greg Gianforte (R) won the gubernatorial race, and Republicans won both other offices.



Roger Williams elected to fifth term in Texas’ 25th Congressional District

Incumbent Roger Williams (R) defeated Julie Oliver (D) and Bill Kelsey (L) in the general election for Texas’ 25th Congressional District.

The race was one of 56 rematch elections in the U.S. House. Oliver challenged Williams in the 2018 election, losing 54% to 45%. In 2016, Williams carried the district 58% to 38% as Donald Trump (R) defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 55% to 40%.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) indicated it would target the district in 2020, adding Oliver to its ”Red to Blue” program. As of Oct. 14, Williams had raised $2.2 million to Oliver’s $1.8 million.



Stephanie Bice defeats Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District election

Stephanie Bice (R) defeated incumbent Kendra Horn (D) in the general election for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. 

Horn was first elected in 2018 after defeating incumbent Rep. Steve Russell (R) 51% to 49%. Oklahoma’s 5th was one of 43 seats that flipped from Republicans to Democrats in 2018.

Bice had served in the Oklahoma state senate since 2014. She was endorsed by President Donald Trump (R).

Heading into the election, Democrats had a 232-197 majority in the House. Republicans needed to win a net 21 seats to win control of the chamber. Oklahoma’s 5th was one of 30 seats Democrats were defending in districts Donald Trump carried in 2016. Trump won by a margin of 13.4 percentage points, the third-widest among these districts.



Don Bacon wins re-election in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Don Bacon (R) defeated Kara Eastman (D) and Tyler Schaeffer (L) in the general election for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

The race was one of 56 U.S. House rematches taking place in 2020; Bacon and Eastman were their parties’ nominees for the seat in 2018. That year, Bacon defeated Eastman 51% to 49%. Bacon was first elected in 2016, defeating incumbent Brad Ashford (D), who endorsed him over Eastman this year.

An October 7 article in Roll Call listed Bacon as the most vulnerable member of the U.S. House in the 2020 elections.



Ann Wagner wins fifth term in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Ann Wagner (R) defeated Jill Schupp (D), Martin Schulte (L), and write-in Gina Bufe (I) in the general election for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) each spent more than $2 million in the district in the 2020 election.

Wagner was first elected in 2012. She was re-elected 51% to 47% in 2018, down from her 59% to 38% win in 2016.

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump (R) carried the 2nd District by a margin of 10 percentage points.



Michelle Fischbach defeats incumbent Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District

Michelle Fischbach (R) defeated incumbent Collin Peterson (D) and Slater Johnson (Legal Marijuana Now Party) in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. Peterson was first elected in 1990 and last won re-election by a 52% to 48% margin in 2018. He was one of two Democrats to vote against both articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. The other, Jeff Van Drew, later joined the Republican Party.

This was one of 30 U.S. House districts Democrats were defending this year that President Trump (R) carried in 2016. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 62% to 31% in MN-7; his widest margin of victory in any such district.



Incumbent Sen. Tina Smith wins re-election in Minnesota

Incumbent Tina Smith (D) defeated Jason Lewis (R), Oliver Steinberg (Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party of Minnesota), and Kevin O’Connor (Legal Marijuana Now Party) in the U.S. Senate election in Minnesota. 

Smith was appointed to the seat in 2018 following Al Franken’s (D) resignation. Smith won a special election to complete Franken’s term in 2018, winning 53% of the vote to Karin Housley’s (R) 42%. Heading into the election, Minnesota had not elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since the 2002 election of Norm Coleman (R).

Prior to her appointment, Smith had served as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor. She was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and the _Minneapolis Star-Tribune_ editorial board.

Leading up to the 2020 elections, Republicans had a 53-47 majority in the Senate. 35 of 100 U.S. Senate seats are up for election this year. Of the 35 seats up, 23 are held by Republicans and 12 by Democrats, giving Republicans greater partisan risk this year. Democrats need to win a net four seats to win an outright majority in the chamber.