Yes, the Iron Range is still a DFL stronghold.
There had been some doubt about that after long-time DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar lost his seat to Republican Chip Cravaak in November and the DFL lost majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate.
In a special election tonight, DFL candidate Carly Melin won handily over Republican Paul Jacobson and Independence candidate Cynthia Kafut-Hagen.
Jacobson drew the ire of the DFL chair when he sent out an anti-Melin mailer with the headline “Take your best shot” and the image of a hunter siting his target. The DFL Party compared that propaganda to the sort of veiled references to violence seen prior to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last month.
DFL State Chair Ken Martin was elated with the win
“Congratulations to our newest DFL elected official, Carly Melin! Carly will be a strong and energetic leader for district 5B, fighting for workers, protecting union rights, and supporting policies that will create jobs for Minnesotans. With so much work ahead to balance the budget and get Minnesota working again, Carly will be a great addition to the state legislature fighting to create a more prosperous future for her constituents and for our state.”
House Majority Leader Matt Dean will probably get a visit from Representative-Elect Melin as pay-back for a “cheeky” stunt he pulled this past weekend.