2012 Elections

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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By Tim Hennagir ECM Publishers/Monticello Times Rep. Michele Bachmann won’t face a recount challenge from former DFL opponent Jim Graves. The Sixth District race officially ended Wednesday morning after Graves issued a concession statement and both candidates spoke briefly via telephone. “It’s hovering right now around a 4,000-vote difference, and that’s too much,” said campaign [...]

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Weik survives challenge, Kriesel unopposed for another term Voters in two Washington County Board of Commissioner districts replaced two incumbent commissioners Tuesday, including the current longest serving board member. Hugo Mayor Fran Miron ousted long-time District 1 Commissioner and current board chairman Dennis Hegberg, while former Oakdale Mayor Ted Bearth defeated Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek in [...]

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County voters reject marriage amendment, but favor photo ID Incumbent Democratic Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum easily beat back a challenge from Republican Tony Hernandez by a two-to-one margin Tuesday to hold on to her seat in the redrawn district. Minnesotans also rejected two proposed constitutional amendments — one defining marriage as between a man [...]

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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 man and woman, with 97 percent of state precincts reporting was short of the 50 percent [...]

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Paulsen wins re-election in Third U.S. Congressional District Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen has won re-election in the Third U.S. Congressional District race against Democratic challenger Brian Barnes. With all of the votes tallied Wednesday morning, Paulsen won with 58 percent of the 382,715 votes cast for the race. Paulsen gave his victory speech Tuesday night [...]

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