Election wrap-up: Elephants in the room in Lyon County

The Republican river that has meandered throughout the local area for decades continues to run deep.

While Minnesota Democrats hit the trifecta last week by regaining the governor’s seat and taking control of both the House and Senate for one-party government control for the first time in eight years, Republicans once again proved the dam they have built south of the Minnesota River is not an easy one for Dems to break through.

“It applies generally throughout our region — in Lyon, a little more than Murray, but Redwood more than Lyon,” Southwest Minnesota State University Political Science professor David Sturrock said about the Republican tilt in the area. “It’s a region-wide pattern — western Minnesota, up to the Canadian border. If a Democrat is running strong statewide, he’s apt to win here; Collin Peterson won here every year except 2020.”

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