DULUTH, MN — If you’re watching this, congratulations. It means you’ve survived the 2018 mid-term election.
And what a night it was across the country, including right here, in Minnesota, where a historic situation is unfolding right now in the state legislature.
But first, let’s recap some of the major events that shaped last Tuesday at the polls, starting with voter turnout.
The numbers are in, and voter turnout was *huge in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
According to preliminary estimates from the Secretary of State’s Office, 63.8 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot this year in Minnesota. That’s the most since the 2002 midterms.
In Wisconsin, it was a record election day. State officials say 57.2 percent of the voting-age population cast a ballot–easily the most votes ever in a mid-term election.
In Michigan, voter turnout was the highest in 56 years.
Another historic point: following Tuesday’s mid-term elections, Democrats flipped the state house from red to blue, picking up 18 seats in the Minnesota House.
Republicans kept their majority in the Minnesota Senate, with a special election win.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says the last time there was only one divided state was in 1914 in Montana.
In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, we’re taking a closer look at the results of the mid-term election, and sitting down with MN State lawmakers Rep. Jennifer Schultz (DFL-Duluth) and Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth) to talk about what challenges and opportunities the split legislature presents for Minnesota.