2012 elections

By T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol Reporter Republican and Democratic leaders have begun stepping away from power and toward it in the aftermath of Tuesday’s election. House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, indicated at a press conference Wednesday (Nov. 7) that he did not intend to seek further leadership positions within the House Republican Caucus. “I [...]

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Minnesota Secretary of State Ritchie announced today (Nov. 7) the possibility of two automatic legislative recounts.  One in House District 8B (Alexandria area) and the other in Senate District 20 (Northfield area). “Minnesotans are anxious to know who will represent them, but they also want to be sure that all ballots are properly counted,” said [...]

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Minnesota Secretary of State Ritchie announced today (Nov. 7) that Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in yesterday’s election. With 99.93 percent of precincts reporting 2,938,947 voters cast ballots in the presidential race. Since most voters cast votes in the presidential race, this number is a good indicator of voter turnout while counties are [...]

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By T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol Reporter Republicans expressed a certain mystification over the thumping they took last night. “Nobody saw it coming,” said Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, a 14-year veteran of the House, of Republicans losing the legislature, a congressman, two amendments. “I was surprised,” said Jeff Johnson, Minnesota Republican National committeeman and Hennepin County [...]

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Election results will be updated as they are known. SENATE DISTRICT 9 (126 of 126 precincts reporting) Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County - 20,527 (53.65%) Al Doty, D-Royalton - 17,687 (46.22%) SENATE DISTRICT 15 (63 of 63 precincts reporting) Dave Brown, R-Becker - 21,906 (56.56%) Sally Knox, D-Ogilvie - 16,768 (43.30%) STATE REP – DISTRICT 9B (55 of 55 precincts reporting) Adrian [...]

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As if placing exclamations mark on a disastrous election day for Minnesota Republicans, voters rejected two amendments the Republican-controlled legislature placed on the ballot. The high-profile marriage amendment, aimed at defining marriage in the state constitution as union of one man and one woman, with 97 percent of state precincts reporting was short of the [...]

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By Jeff Hage, Princeton Union Eagle The Chip Cravaack era is over in the Eighth Congressional District after one term. Cravaack conceded to challenger Rick Nolan around 1 a.m. Wednesday. With 75 percent of the vote counted, Nolan held a 52-47 percent lead. The Nolan camp had reason for optimism early. When results came in [...]

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won easy reelection to a second, six-year term Election Day (Nov. 6), crushing Republican opponent Rep. Kurt Bills by a wide margin. “We won the right way,” Klobuchar told Democrats gathered in St. Paul Tuesday evening. “He (Bills) campaigned hard to the end. And we all wish him well,” she [...]

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