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JoAnn Ward, Susan Kent and Ann Marie Metzger, all Democrats, gathered Tuesday at a Woodbury DFL election-night rally. Of the three, only Metzger was not elected; Ward won a House seat and Kent ousted Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Woodbury. Bulletin photo by MIke Longaecker

Happy days for Minnesota Democrats

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ST. PAUL -- Forgive Minnesota Democrats if they wear broad smiles today.

Democratic-Farmer-Laborites won all the big prizes in Tuesday's election. Witness:


-- Both houses of the Legislature will be in DFL control for the first time in two-and-a-half decades.

-- Democratic President Barack Obama carried Minnesota, like he did the country.

-- Two Republican-pushed constitutional amendment proposals lost.

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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.