Quist won the August primary over Parry, Walz ended up beating Quist by 15 percentage points in the general election, and Parry’s state Senate seat went to a Democrat — part of the DFL takeover of state government.
Sen. Julie Rosen, a Fairmont Republican who represents much of rural Blue Earth County, won her usual easy re-election. But Rosen saw numerous Republican colleagues unseated and watched the party’s long-sought majority disappear.
Were they too partisan? Too impatient in pushing too big of an agenda? Too acrimonious?
“All of the above,” Rosen said shortly after the election. “... I think whenever a party goes way off to one side or another, you’re always going to have an adjustment. I think the adjustment happened (Nov. 6).”
If Democrats use their new power to take the same approach in pushing politics too far to the left, Rosen predicted voters in future elections will adjust accordingly.