Republican Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Carlson in a special House election in Bloomington Tuesday, a surprising victory that alters the November landscape for both parties.

The election was held to replace Ann Lenczewski, a prominent DFLer who retired last year to become a lobbyist. 

The Republican victory increases their majority margin in the House to 73-61 and will make it that harder for the DFL to regain the majority they lost in 2014. 

Anderson defeated Carlson by 130 votes of a bit more than 5,000 cast.  

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