Minnesota AG Ellison takes the win by a narrow margin

Democratic Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison continued to hold a narrow lead over Republican challenger Jim Schultz on Wednesday.

While the race had yet to be called, the incumbent claimed victory.

“Thank you Minnesota for the great honor of serving you as Attorney General and for re-electing me last night,” he said in a tweet. “I promise to continue to help you afford your life and live it with dignity, security and respect – every day.”

The Associated Press said Ellison led Schultz by about 21,000 votes, well outside the scope for a publicly funded recount.

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks at an election night party early Wednesday, November 9, 2022, in St. Paul.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks at an election night party early Wednesday, November 9, 2022, in St. Paul.
(AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Democrats won big in the state, winning both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s race to take full control of the state government for the first time in eight years.

Gov. Tim Walz won re-election against the GOP’s Scott Jensen with just over 52% of the vote to Jensen’s 44.6%.

Republican Jim Schultz participates in a debate against Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison October 14, 2022 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Republican Jim Schultz participates in a debate against Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison October 14, 2022 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, file)

Julie Blaha also claimed victory over Republican opponent Ryan Wilson in the Minnesota state auditors’ race, although it has not yet been called.

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“I am honored by the Minnesotans’ trust in my leadership and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve them,” she said in a press release Wednesday.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks before an Election Night party after he won re-election against Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 in St. Paul.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks before an Election Night party after he won re-election against Republican challenger Scott Jensen on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 in St. Paul.
(AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

“Our victory sends a message that Minnesotans want their auditor to remain focused on local government to ultimately protect our freedom to make decisions in our own communities,” Blaha said.

Ryan Wilson’s campaign told Fox News Digital in an emailed statement that he is grateful to the Minnesotans who have supported and believed in his campaign.

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“We had a vision to improve our schools and strengthen our communities using the tools of the Office of the State Auditor,” Wilson said. “I congratulate Comptroller Blaha on her victory and hope our campaign has raised awareness of how the Office of the State Comptroller can and should be used to support our communities.”

Schultz did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Stephen Sorace of Fox News Digital and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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