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Democrats retain Minnesota Senate seat in swing territory

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By KYLE POTTER
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democrats in Minnesota are claiming more evidence of momentum after they retained a state Senate seat in a special election.

But Karla Bigham's 3-point victory over Republican Denny McNamara may make it hazardous to read too much into Monday night's result.

Bigham and McNamara were in a race that came about when a Democratic lawmaker resigned over sexual harassment allegations. The district in east St. Paul suburbs went for Donald Trump in 2016, but is traditional swing territory and the Senate seat has been in Democratic hands more than a decade.

Republicans won a special election for a Minnesota House seat that also came open when a lawmaker resigned over sexual harassment claims. That seat was in strongly Republican territory.

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