In the Governor's race Democrat Mark Dayton won a very narrow contest over Republican Tom Emmer for the open seat.
In congress seven of the eight incumbents were sent back to Washington. Tim Walz won a close race in the 1st District. The only incumbent to lose was Democrat Jim Oberstar in the 8th District. The veteran of over 30 years in congress was defeated in a close race by Republican Chip Cravaack.