Morning Digest: GOP retirement in key seat boosts Democratic chances of flipping Minnesota's Senate
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.
● MN State Senate: Democrats looking to flip the Minnesota Senate this fall got some good news on Friday when freshman GOP state Sen. Paul Anderson announced that he wouldn't seek re-election. Anderson's 44th Senate District, which is located in the Twin Cities suburbs, moved from 51-47 Obama to 55-37 Clinton, and Team Blue was already targeting it before he retired.
The GOP unexpectedly flipped the Senate by winning a one-seat majority in 2016, and they expanded it to 35-32 after Democrats lost a special election last year in an Iron Range seat that has rapidly moving to the right. The whole chamber will be up in November, though, and Democrats have a real shot to regain control.