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Smith wins reelection in Minnesota

Smith wins reelection in Minnesota
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Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Hawley files ethics counter-complaint against seven Democratic senators Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack MORE (D-Minn.) on Tuesday was projected to win reelection in the race against former Rep. Jason LewisJason LewisRep. Angie Craig defends Minnesota House seat in race clouded by legal confusion Smith wins reelection in Minnesota Klobuchar 'feeling good' about Democrats taking control of Senate MORE (R-Minn.).

The Associated Press called the race at 1:16 a.m. EST. 

Smith's win comes after she maintained a comfortable lead over Lewis throughout the past couple of months, with last week's RealClearPolitics polling average placing Smith nearly 6 percentage points ahead of Lewis among voters.

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Some polling, however, showed a much tighter race, with an Oct. 22 KSTP/SurveyUSA poll reporting that Smith and Lewis were statistically tied at 43 percent to 42 percent.

The incumbent senator won the Democratic primary in August with more than 86 percent of the vote over four other Democratic opponents.

Smith assumed office in a 2018 special election to fill the remainder of former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenHarrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots MORE's (D-Minn.) term after he resigned over sexual harassment allegations.