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Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, speaks last summer at a Senate District 53 DFL rally. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Election Notebook: Democrats say they will control state Senate

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ST. PAUL -- The top Minnesota Senate Democrat said early today that his party has regained control it held for 38 years.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, told a crowd gathered in a St. Paul hotel ballroom that Democrats have "taken back the Senate" with at least 34 members in the 67-person body.


Bakk's declaration was not official as returns continued to trickle in early today.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.