Democrats make gains to regain state Senate

The Minnesota Senate DFL caucus was envisioning a possible return to leadership with some very key election victories.

In Senate District 51 Sen. Pam Wolf was defeated by former House member Alice Johnson.

Sen. Benjamin Kruse of Brooklyn Park was defeated by John Hoffman in District 47.

Rep. Keith Downey, Republican, was defeated by Melissa Franzen in his quest to win District 49.