WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) congratulates Anne Neu on her special election win in Minnesota House District 32B. The RLCC also congratulates House Speaker Kurt Daudt on his efforts to expand and strengthen Republican leadership in the state legislature. This victory grows the Republican caucus in the chamber to 77-57 — the largest GOP majority after a presidential cycle in state history. Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) President Matt Walter issued the following statement on behalf of the RLCC:
“Just three months ago, Minnesota Republicans sent shockwaves through the DFL by taking control of the state Senate and expanding control of the state House on Election Day, despite being heavily targeted by the DFL for gains. Today, Republicans continued to grow their ranks in the House by running and winning a special election with a more qualified candidate and a stronger message, giving them their strongest majority post-presidential cycle to date. A proven conservative, Anne Neu will fight for Minnesota families by repealing MNsure, cutting taxes and expanding choice in education, and I am thrilled to congratulate her this evening. The DFL poured money and resources into this race, confident that they could rebound from staggering losses in November, but ultimately, conservative policies and solutions won out. Voters today reaffirmed that Republicans, under the tremendous leadership of Speaker Kurt Daudt, remain best prepared to address the needs and concerns of Minnesotans across the state. ”
As recently as 2010, Chisago and Isanti Counties — which make up HD 32B — were represented by DFL members, and their party actively tried to grow their presence by flipping this seat today. They engaged in aggressive voter contact and held campaign events with DFL heavy hitters Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton. Following November’s elections, every neighboring state to Minnesota has a Republican trifecta with two legislative chamber majorities and the governor’s seat.