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Hauschild clinches Bakk’s former Senate seat

The Hermantown city councilor narrowly defeated Republican Andrea Zupancich in Senate District 3, according to unofficial results Wednesday.

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Hermantown city councilor Grant Hauschild will take over the Senate District 3 seat from Sen. Tom Bakk, I-Cook.

The DFLer defeated Republican Andrea Zupancich, the mayor of Babbitt, with 21,717 votes (50.82%), while his opponent garnered 20,975 votes (49.08%), according to unofficial results Wednesday from the Minnesota Secretary of State.

The Senate district encompasses Cook County, Koochiching County, Lake County and parts of Itasca and St. Louis counties.

Hauschild is an executive director at the Essentia Health Foundation, and has been a Hermantown council member since 2016. He’s also worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has been a labor policy adviser in the U.S. Senate.

Zupancich, is a small business owner and former Babbitt city councilor. She is a board member of Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition of trades and businesses that aims to grow “responsible” industries in the state, and of Up North Jobs, a nonprofit advocate for economic development and industry.

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Andrea Zupancich
Andrea Zupancich

Bakk, I-Cook, represented Senate District 3 since 2012. For the 10 years before then, Bakk represented Senate District 6, which covered many of the same northern counties. Bakk, a former member of the DFL, formed an independent caucus with David Tomassoni, another longtime DFLer, shortly after the November 2020 general election.

Bakk announced in March 2022 that he wouldn’t seek another term in the state Legislature.

The state’s third Senate seat has represented different portions of northern Minnesota since the late 1970s. Bakk’s move away from the Democratic party two years ago marked only the second time this century that the seat hasn’t been held by a DFLer.

This story was last updated at 8:08 a.m. Nov. 9. It was originally posted at 1:41 a.m. Nov. 9.

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