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Published January 27 2010

Republican wins election for Minnesota Senate seat

OWATONNA, Minn. – Republican Mike Parry won a special election Tuesday in southern Minnesota for a seat his party has long controlled.

With 100 percent of the unofficial vote counted, Parry had 43 percent to Democrat Jason Engbrecht’s 36.5 percent. Independent Roy Srp received about 20 percent. Democrats entered the election with a 46-20 majority in the Senate.

Parry had apologized earlier this month for comments posted on Twitter, including one in which he called President Barack Obama a “Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man.”

The special election fills the remaining 11 months of Dick Day’s term for a seat covering the cities of Waseca, Faribault and Owatonna. The seat, which Day had held for 19 years, will be back on the ballot in November.