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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Democrat who won a suburban state Senate district in a special election says her victory is evidence voters are hungry for change.

Karla Bigham narrowly defeated Republican Denny McNamara for the seat in the eastern suburbs of St. Paul. The seat had been in Democratic hands for more than a decade but President Donald Trump won it in 2016.

Bigham won by a smaller margin than her Democratic predecessor. But she says the amount of volunteers who helped her campaign were proof that Democrats have momentum.

It was one of two special elections held in Minnesota on Monday. Both contests were triggered by the resignation of two male lawmakers late last year who were accused of sexual harassment.

Republican Jeremy Munson easily defeated Democrat Melissa Wagner in a traditionally conservative southwestern Minnesota House district.

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