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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A bad night for suburban Theocrats.....

The Minnesota Senate GOP caucus lost a seat to the DFL tonight. With 31 of 32 precincts reporting, Terri Bonoff holds a winning 9 point advantage over Republican Judy Johnson in SD 43, replacing Pawlenty co-hort David Gaither, who has joined the governor's staff.

In SD 19, hard line Theocrat Amy Koch won a solid victory over challengers from the DFL and IP. She replaces Mark Ourada, another conservative Republican.

Majority Leader Dean Johnson and state DFL party chair Brian Melendez should be very happy tonight. The best the GOP could hope for was to break even, and they lost one of the two seats.

Plymouth mayor Judy Johnson was well qualified to serve in the Senate, but her social conservative stances did not help her in this case.

Senator Day and Senator Bachmann should be squirming too, as the candidates in SD 43 staked out very clear positions on an anti-family marriage amendment. The anti-Bachmann candidate won.

Moderate Republicans - come out, come out, wherever you are!