November 07, 2018 04:08 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota voters have cleared Sen. Tina Smith to fill out the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken's term.
Smith defeated Republican state Sen. Karin Housley in Tuesday's special election for the seat Franken gave up amid a sexual misconduct scandal. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith to take Franken's place.
Housley waged an energetic campaign and had a name made famous by her husband's pro hockey career. That gave Minnesota Republicans hope they could win back the office they narrowly lost to Franken in 2008. But national Republican groups focused their attention on Senate races in other states.
Smith's term ends in 2020, when she could seek re-election.
In Minnesota's other Senate race, Democrat Amy Klobuchar easily captured a third term over little-known state Rep. Jim Newberger.
Click here for 2018 Minnesota State general election results.
In Iowa, Democrats Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer upended Republican incumbents to become Iowa's first female representatives in the U.S. House.
Axne on Tuesday defeated GOP Rep. David Young in southwest Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, while Finkenauer topped Rod Blum in northeast Iowa's 1st District.
In her campaign, Axne focused on health care and Young's support for President Donald Trump.
Axne noted that Young voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which stopped insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions among other requirements.
Finkenauer says her campaign was not about what she and her supporters were fighting against. It was what they're fighting for.
She says voters "rejected fear and division," and that her campaign had "always been about hope."
Click here for 2018 Iowa State general election results.
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Updated: November 07, 2018 04:08 PM
Created: November 07, 2018 03:45 PM
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