Skip to main content

(A good night all around -- kos)

Lost in the excitement of tonight's Iowa caucauses was a Democratic victory in the race to fill a vacant Republican state senate seat (SD25).

It's not being reported on the Secretary of State's website, but a credible report on the ground indicates that Northfield contains a wide enough margin of victory for DFLer Kevin Dahle to avoid a recount and give him the win and the DFL Senate caucus a veto-proof majority.

The final numbers:

Dahle (DFL):  6802
Cox (GOP):  5225

A huge turnout for Iowa Democrats and a red seat turns blue in Minnesota. Overall, a good night for Democrats.

Update [2008-1-4 3:5:33 by RandySF]:

I be remiss if I did not share more about Kevin Dahle

Occupation: High School Teacher in the Northfield School District since 1993. Teaching since 1982. Social Studies and Driver Education

Age: 47

Family: Wife Beth, Children Kalista 8, Greenlee 5, Griffith 2

Education: BA University of Northern Iowa, MA in Education St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

Experience: I have taught Civics, Economics, Political Science, and Social Psychology for 23 years. I am currently President of the Northfield Education Association (for about 10 years), currently serve on the Council of Local Presidents for Education Minnesota, member of the Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield Historical Society, member of the United Methodist Church, worked with Citizens for Quality Education, active in several campaigns at local, state, and national level. I've been a liason to Ukraine with the United States Department of Education. While in Ukraine I worked with community and school leaders to teach civic education.

Priorities: Education, affordable health care, building working coalitions

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jan 03, 2008 at 11:49 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site