Elections 2012: Housley Defeats Bunn by 631 Votes in Senate District 39

With all 33 precincts reporting, Housley received 23,385 votes, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State. Bunn received 22,754 votes.

Karin Housley defeated Julie Bunn by 631 votes in the Minnesota Senate District 39 race, according to unofficial results posted by the Minnesota Secretary of State.

With 100 percent of the precincts in Senate District 39 reporting, Housley received 50 percent of the vote, defeating DFL candidate Julie Bunn, who had 49 percent of the vote.

With all 33 precincts reporting, Housley received 23,385 votes, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State. Bunn received 22,754 votes.

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Susan November 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Ok, the people have spoken. Being as I was often the first to criticize here, I will be the first to congratulate Ms Housley. I sincerely wish you the best at the capital, and hope that you are able to stop the gridlock, as you promised. You now work for, and represent us all, I hope you keep that in mind.
Randy Marsh November 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I don't think she really has any choice at this point, Susan. Housley and Lohmer are going to look at lot like Micky Cook on the city council, arguing for their alleged principles while unable to impact any change.
TJ November 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Why does the MN legislature require 201 individuals? In relative terms, this is far more than other states with much higher populations than MN...
Robin Anthony November 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Congratulations Karin! You will serve us well.
Randy Marsh November 08, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I think it's wonderful you can be so supportive of someone who has done such a poor job of abiding by election and campaign regulations, Robin. I would think we'd be better off with someone who can actually follow the rules and doesn't blame others for her mistakes and those of her staffers. Hopefully she can learn from those mistakes. Lord knows she's made enough of them.
joanne d November 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I can't believe that people would vote for Housley-she certainly didn't understand the issues, but I guess it is the "name" that we saw plastered everywhere the last 5 months. Hopefully, she will document accurately what she spent and not blame her staff people if there is a problem. Instead, we could have had an economist with an advanced degree who really understood the issues we are facing. Julie Bunn, I hope you run again and hopefully next time we will get it right!!
Washington County Watchdog November 08, 2012 at 08:30 AM
yeah that's what happens when you have a democrat controlled house, senate, and governor seat;)
Washington County Watchdog November 08, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Because it provides jobs and us minnesotans are too dumb to make irresponsible decisions on our own so we need over 200 representatives to take our money, skim some off the top, and then redistribute it back fairly. Because we all know government programs are efficient, responsible, and completely accountable to provide great service at an affordable cost:)
Washington County Watchdog November 08, 2012 at 08:36 AM
The charges were dropped randy;) what more do you want? if there was a shread of evidence they would have ran with it and the media would have been all to willing to exagerate the fraud for their pal Bunn. LOL the Stillwater Gazette wrote an article with their staff's recomendations on who to vote for... surprise surprise all but one canidate was a democrat ROFL!
Washington County Watchdog November 08, 2012 at 08:42 AM
We said no to Bunn in 2010 and 2012... if you want liberal controlled local government move to Hennipin county... I heard it's really nice down there on the streets... don't forget to pick up a bullet proof vest when you go out to get the paper on your lawn in case a stray bullet from an all to common drive by comes your way. It's almost funny how the most liberal areas of the country and the world are also the most dangerous and poor.
Alex Mundy November 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Housley's first order of business should be explaining how her campaign didn't take any illegal corporate contributions from her business, Karin Housley Homes. One of the most valuable assets of any business is its brand image. The brand image of Karin Housley Homes is the picture of Karin in her black suit, which we have all seen for years in print ads, on signs, in the check-out lanes at Cub, on bus benches, on billboards and, most recently, on a big box truck that said, "Karin Housley for Senate." Check out this page: http://www.housleyforsenate.com/karin-housley-for-state-senate/panel/ I'm not a lawyer, but can someone explain how every Karin Housley Homes ad, sign and billboard that used that same image was not a corporate contribution promoting Karin Housley for Senate?
Alex Mundy November 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
A friend who looked at the housleyforsenate.com page referenced above noticed that the title tag (the text you see in your browser tab) is "Karin Housley Homes << Karin Housley for Senate." Also that the copyright on the page is 2009, not 2012, and the web developer is the same for her senate website and her business website. Seems like there's very little separation between the campaign and the business. I'm sure Housley supporters will call this sour grapes, but shouldn't she be following the law and keeping the promise she made not to accept corporate contributions?
Randy Marsh November 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
You want to take any wagers on whether the government will be shut down for three weeks with the end result borrowing money to allegedly balance the budget. Lohmer and Housley are complete lightweights and even their own party leadership knows this.
Randy Marsh November 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I believe there is an additional investigation currently taking place, Matthew.
Edward November 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This is why the voters and district would have made a much better choice by electing Bunn and Degree. Lohmer and Housley will be useless, while Bunn and Degree would have had the power to get things done for us. Big mistake for district 39 voters. Especially since Bunn is fiscally conservative and would have actually been fair in crafting tax reform. Housley won't have a say at all. She can love the wealthy all she wants but it won't matter one iota. She has no power.
Edward November 08, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Correct. The amended report is under investigation.
Edward November 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
She accepted the spending limit which entitled her to taxpayer money for her campaign. She took that money, so she has to abide by the law. It is becoming more apparent that she did not.
Randy Marsh November 08, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Stillwater and Oak Park Heights were smart enough to say no thanks to Housley and I don't remember driving past any gangs on my way to work this morning. On a more personal note, Matt, I hope you can try and come up with something accurate or informed to say at some point because right now your batting average is slumping just a bit.
Edward November 09, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Using Matt's brilliant reasoning I guess that would make Stillwater and OPH the "most dangerous and poor" areas. Right.
Washington County Watchdog November 09, 2012 at 07:55 AM
lol, democrats are the ones that pushed the republican legislators to offer a 12% increase in spending... Dayton wanted a 16% raise and held the state hostage for 20 days because the increases were not enough. The push over moderates should have held the line with no spending increases, then NO money would have been required to fund the democrat's plans. They just wave a wand and think the money will come from tax payers... they both avoid tax increases, so both parties agreed to take the money from almost the highest paid teacher unions in the country... there is no way the republicans could have done this without democrat votes and most of all Dayton. It's funny how democrats re-write history to fit their arguments.
Washington County Watchdog November 09, 2012 at 08:12 AM
lol, the republican majority that surrounds you in Washington County and cancels your votes can only prevent the reality of what voting democrats into power for 60 years eventually gets you. Look at any massive city in America, most counties in those cities vote liberal, now go to the most liberal county (ours is hennepin) and tour the utopia, walk the streets at night, and be sure to wear that bullet proof vest;) The "evil" rich people move out, the tax base dissappears, and all that's left is a wonderful majority of democrats lol.
Edward November 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Matt, your view is so narrow and naive. To use your language: lol, the democratic majority that surrounds you in Minnesota (governor, both houses) and cancels your votes in district 39 ensures that local initiatives will be at the bottom of the list for at least the next two years. It ensures that Housley and Lohmer will be footnotes at the bottom of the page, useless seat warmers in the legislature. Good luck to the local mayors who supported them -- they won't be getting any help on their municipal projects from the state level. As your friend Clint Eastwood might say, "Brilliant. just brilliant."


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