Minnesota election results

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges speaks to supporters Tuesday night Nov. 5, 2013 at Nuevo Rodeo on Lake St. (MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson)
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Nov 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Betsy Hodges holds commanding lead in Minneapolis mayoral race

Abdi Warsame 
by Michael Olson, MPR News

Abdi Warsame elected
to Minneapolis City Council.  He's the first Somali-American in the U.S. elected to this level of office

[scroll down for latest updates]

Minneapolis Mayor (1st choice) -  Betsy Hodges (D) - 37%. Mark Andrew (D) - 25%. Don Samuels (D) - 11%. Cam Winton (I) - 10%. (99% reporting). Estimated turnout under 40%
St Paul Mayor (1st choice) - Chris Coleman - 77%. Holden - 16%. (99% reporting)

Minneapolis City Council
Ward 1: Kevin Reich (D) - 76%. Mark Fox (I) (99% reporting)
Ward 2: Cam Gordon (G) - 87%. Diana Newberry - 11% (99% reporting)
Ward 3: Jacob Frey (D) - 61%. Diane Hofstede (D) - 27%. (99% reporting)
Ward 4: Barbara Johnson (D) - 57%. Kris Brogan (D) - 30%. (99% reporting)
Ward 5: Blong Yang (D) - 42%. Ian Alexandar (D) - 30%. (99% reporting)
Ward 6: Abdi Warsame (D) - 64%. Robert Lilligren (D) - 32%. (99% reporting) 
Ward 7: Lisa Goodman (D) - 95%. (99% reporting)
Ward 8: Elizabeth Gidden (D) - 98%. (99% reporting)
Ward 9: Alondra Cano (D) - 41%. Ty Moore - 38% (99% reporting)
Ward 10: Lisa Bender (D) - 64%. Meg Tuthill (D) - 30%. (99% reporting)
Ward 11: John Quincy (D) - 67%. Matt Steele (I) - 28%. (99% reporting)
Ward 12: Andrew Johnson (D) - 54%. Ben Gisselman (D) - 17%. (99% reporting)
Ward 13: Linea Palmisano (D) - 43%. Matt Perry (D) - 39%. (99% reporting)

St Paul City Council
Ward 1:  Dai Thao - 28%. Noel Nix - 24%. (99% reporting)

School bonds
Eden Prairie district levy results: increase to operating levy voted down 55% to 44%, but continuing technology levy approved 55% to 44%
Norwood-Young America: Levy to fund construction at elementary school passes by 11 votes
Hopkins yes
Bloomington yes
Crosby-Ironton yes
Richfield yes and yes
St. Louis Park yes and yes
More from MPR News education reporter Tim Post

Other Minnesota measures of note
The cities of Carlton and Thomson vote to merge (Background from MPR News)  

National races of note
New Jersey Governor - AP projects Republican incumbent Chris Christie re-elected
Virginia Governor - AP projects Terry McAuliffe elected
New York Mayor - New York Times projects Bill De Blasio elected

Ballot measures of note
Colorado: School Financing - fails
Colorado: Marijuana Tax - passes
Washington: Genetically Modified Food Labeling - fails
New Jersey: Minimum Wage Increase - passes
New York: Gambling expansion - passes

More results from MPR News partner KARE11
  • Tuesday will mark the first time ranked-choice voting is used in a Minneapolis election with only non-incumbent mayoral candidates. If you’re still confused about ranked-choice, don’t worry. Here’s a guide.
  • The next mayor of Minneapolis might be one of two City Council members. It could be one of two former City Council presidents, or a former county commissioner. Or maybe it will be Captain Jack Sparrow. Or the hairy dude who comes striding out of a lake in an online campaign video, points at the camera and promises to stop visiting strip clubs if he's elected.

    It's a weird and wide-open race for mayor this year in Minnesota's largest city. (AP)

    Read MPR News profiles of the leading candidates.
  • (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Tuesday's election will determine who will lead Minneapolis following the retirement of Mayor R.T. Rybak. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Mayor Coleman watches his son Aidan register to vote for the first time. @mprnews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYUWQidCIAEpSrZ.jpg

  • #38 in my polling place -- thanks to all of the awesome election judges helping folks vote today! #mn #mpls http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYUaknHCcAAaB8M.jpg

  • In Alabama election, a showdown bewteen the GOP establishment and the tea party wapo.st/16CZjRl
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul will be using ranked-choice voting today. Watch this video and learn how it works -- it will literally take a minute.

  • Nine elections to watch across the country: minnesota.publicradio.org

    In Boston and New York, it's the end of a political era as those cities prepare to replace longtime mayors. In New Jersey and Virginia, there are high-profile gubernatorial races that could shape the future of the Republican Party — and possibly the 2016 presidential race. Among the lesser-known contests, an Alabama special congressional runoff lays out the battle lines in the GOP's civil war in stark detail.
  • A screen divides voters and third-grade dancers at the Jackson Elementary School gymnasium in St. Paul. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar talked with some voters at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis. Here's what a few of them had to say:

    Mohamed Ali, lives in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood:

    "The ballot is a little confusing, the ranked choice. I prefer the old system where you can just easily identify. For instance there were Mark Andrew and Mark Anderson. So if someone's voting for one of the Marks, they get confused."

    "I don't like the system and I prefer if the state changes for the upcoming elections, for state voting or the general, federal elections. Otherwise people will be confused and it will take a long time, especially people with limited English it will be extremely confusing."

    He voted for Mark Andrew but didn't select a 2nd and 3rd choice. Too confusing. "Plus I don't know how they will count, because on the instruction it says one will be only elected, so if you make a choice one, choice two and choice three, one will be elected according to the instruction who will it be? You don't know. That's why I say it's confusing."

    He voted for city council but didn't want to say who he voted for.

    You don't have to wait, it's early in the morning. In this neighborhood by 10 or 12 o'clock it will be jammed.

    Maggie Catambay, lives in Riverside Plaza:

    "Well, it was pretty easy for me because I got a sample ballot from the city of Minneapolis, so I practiced beforehand, and I pretty much knew which candidates I wanted to vote for."

    Voted first choice Betsy Hodges, Don Samuels second and Cherryhomes 3rd. "There were others that I would have voted for too, but you only have three!" "There were some good candidates; there some who I think were just doing it to make a point, but I think I voted for people who were quite serious about being mayor. I know I'll miss Rybak"

    Voted for Abdi Warsame. "He's kind of our kind of person because we're in the middle of a Somali community here and I think he'd be a really interesting representative for the City Council. It's good to have good people on the City Council."

    "I'm very interested to see how all the voting will turn out....more people on ballot. There was an exit poll, Im not sure who was running it but it was to see how you liked the ranked choice voting, so that might be interesting to find out what they think."

    Abdiyabdiwahab Shiil, lives in Cedar Riverside neighborhood:

    He became a citizen last year and this is his second time voting.

    "The experience was good, the line was short and I was able to do the election, I mean the voting, shorter than the expected time."

    "In some columns I had to fill all the three choices to make sure every interesting candidate to me makes it. And some I knew very little about the candidates, so I had maybe two choices or one choice in some places."

    "The city council race is very important, because that is my home where I live, and I want to see someone who understands my problems, someone who I can knock on their door and say hey, this is the issue you need to deal in our neighborhood. And fortunately this time we have a candidate from my neighborhood, Abdi Warsame,and I'm not shy to say I voted for him. I wish he makes it. If he doesn't then that's ok, still we have very potential candidates."

    He met with Warsame one time and Warsame called him and asked him for his vote.

    "After I read his policies it makes more sense to me."

    He voted for Mark Andrew for mayor.
  • From reporter Tim Nelson: Voting is underway around Minnesota, in dozens of city and school district elections. Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl says voters can start the elections process from their computer or smart phone.

  • From reporter Tim Nelson: Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky says he thinks St. Paul could see turnout as low as 14 percent.

  • Went to church... to vote. 35 candidates for Minneapolis mayor, #rankedchoicevoting . Made and ranked my 3 choices. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYVAl4ZCYAAtaiq.jpg

  • Abdi Warsame talks to sixth ward campaign volunteers outside campaign office http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYU50xPCQAAeNXX.jpg

  • Heading to the polls later today in Minneapolis or St. Paul? Our voter's toolbox has candidate profiles, debates, and an explanation of ranked-choice voting. Check it out here: minnesota.publicradio.org
  • Sophia Zaccardi, 2, waits for her father Tony Zaccardi to vote at Model Cities in St. Paul. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Minnesota is testing out e-rosters today in Saint Paul, Saint Anthony, Minnetonka, Dilworth, and Moorhead. It is a pilot project set up by state lawmakers with the goal to speed up voter verification and same day registration. Ramsey Co. Elections has more on the program.
  • Election judge Chris Soutter explains ranked-choice voting to first-time voter Dalia Selman, 18, at Baker Recreation Center in St. Paul. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • AP's Patrick Condon sets up the Minneapolis mayor race in this story:

    Voters in Minneapolis on Tuesday confronted a ballot listing 35 candidates for mayor and a potentially confusing process of choosing their first, second and third choices in the race.

    The decision by Mayor R.T. Rybak not to seek a third term, paired with the city's unusually low $20 filing fee, prompted the flood of wannabe successors. And the system known as "ranked choice voting" — in place since 2007 but getting its first real test this year — eliminated the traditional primary election that would have winnowed the field.

    "I miss being able to vote for one guy or one gal," said Darryl Merwin, who voted Tuesday morning at a senior apartment building just north of downtown. Still, the retired maintenance worker dutifully ranked his top three candidates: a moderate Republican, an independent businesswoman and a Democratic member of the City Council.

    "I have no idea if I did it right," Merwin said.

    In this off-year election, residents in a number of Minnesota cities are choosing mayors and council members. Minneapolis and St. Paul both have mayor's races, but in the capital city, incumbent Chris Coleman was heavily favored to win a third term.

    In addition, 76 school districts were asking for some kind of financial help from voters through either operating, building or capital project levies.

    But the most-watched has been the muddled mayor's race in Minneapolis. The low filing fee gave a host of oddball candidates a spot on the lengthy ballot: from an Occupy Wall Street activist named Captain Jack Sparrow, to frequent candidates Bob Carney and Ole Savior, to representatives of such unique political parties as Legacy-Next Generation, Local Energy/Food, and Pirate Party (oddly enough, not Captain Jack Sparrow).

    Eight of the 35 candidates have run more traditional and well-funded campaigns. But Democratic activists in this heavily liberal city left the race without a clear front-runner when they deadlocked last summer over whether to confer the party's endorsement on Betsy Hodges, a city councilwoman, or Mark Andrew, a former Hennepin County commissioner.

    And Rybak, who last won re-election with nearly 73 percent of the vote, declined to endorse a successor.

    Besides Hodges and Andrew, other leading candidates have been Don Samuels, a city councilman; Jackie Cherryhomes and Dan Cohen, both past council presidents; Bob Fine, a member of the local park board; Stephanie Woodruff, a businesswoman; and Cam Winton, an attorney and moderate Republican.

    Minneapolis residents approved ranked choice voting in a 2006 referendum. It was sold as a progressive reform that eliminates the cost and burden of primary elections, and theoretically gives voters more say through the ranking system.

    "I liked it. It was easier than I thought it would be," said Connie Eiden, a retired program manager at the University of Minnesota whose top three choices were all Democrats. "There were a lot of opportunities to have it explained as long as you were paying attention."

    Under ranked choice, if no candidate exceeds 50 percent of first-choice votes, that triggers a series of automatic runoffs in which lower-ranked candidates are eliminated and second and third choices are redistributed to remaining candidates' totals.

    City election officials have said the high number of candidates makes it unlikely they'll crown a winner in the race until sometime Wednesday at the earliest.
  • From @JayGabler on Instagram: Voting booths at Jefferson Elementary School in Minneapolis.

  • From @aceggert on Instagram: Clearly I'm in a contentious council ward. Get out and vote, Minneapolis! #MplsElection

  • From Minnesota Compass: Twin Cities suburban population more likely to vote than Mpls, St. Paul residents. More here: www.mncompass.org

  • Voters cast their ballots at the Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Election judge Abdi Mohamed, right, explains the ranked-choice voting process to Ayub Sharif, left, and his uncle Ali Isse at the Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Voters register to vote at the Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

  • Steady crowd inside my precinct in Harrison nbrhd of Mpls, but nothing like the 90-minute wait last year. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYVoOtHCQAADWOV.jpg

  • Here's where to find election results from 35 municipalities & 100+ school districts holding elections today: ow.ly/qwtcX
  • 5 ballot questions to keep an eye on: www.npr.org

    A total of 31 ballot measures, concerning issues ranging from education to gambling to marijuana, will go before voters in six states — Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington. Some of the ballot measures are more interesting than others — and may have broader national implications.
  • Election officials tell me smooth sailing in #Minneapolis so far. They had to swap out 1 new voting tabulation machine. Minor stuff.
  • PAC affiliated w/Sabri (went 2 prison 4 bribery) distributes last-min flyers attacking CM Lilligren. Warsame condemns bit.ly/HypEXD
  • We're the first to arrive at the @MarkForMpls HQ. We'll have updates all night long on @kare11 news. #mplsmayor http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYVwWleIgAE9Bje.jpg

  • Voter turnout in Minneapolis elections has been trending down since 1997. (Data from reporter Curtis Gilbert)

  • "There's a line? There's a line!" -poll worker banter at MLK center in St. Paul. I was voter 321: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYV9XvhCQAAMx5V.jpg

  • A Minnetonka precinct is testing new electronic voter rolls. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYV9JSjCIAInrNr.jpg

  • Is ranked choice voting a good way to pick city leaders?

    "It was a little difficult to understand how the ranking worked," said Minneapolis voter Luke Toft. "But I think I understood it after I spent a little time with it." He added that he prefers ranked choice voting over a primary.
  • MPR News reporter Matt Sepic told ATC host Tom Crann that there hasn't been any significant disruptions or glitches at voting locations.

    Sepic's survey of various polling locations found little to no wait. "At my own polling place this morning, there was no line. I found the same thing on the south and north side of Minneapolis."

    Poll workers expect an uptick in voters now as people are getting off work. Cast your ballot, or be in line by 8:00p.m. tonight before polling locations close.
  • Thanks for joining us on this election night, everyone. I'm hearing from our reporters and many of you that wait times are short throughout the Twin Cities and around the state. Polls are open for 2 more hours.

    We'll continue to have updates from our reporters and photographers in the field tonight. MPR News education reporter Tim Post will contribute updates on the many school bonding questions before voters across the state.

    I'll be adding updates from the New Jersey and Virginia Governor's races and the many ballot measure of interest from around the country.

    The Virginia Governors race, where polls just closed is too-close-to-call.
  • 5 ballot measures we will be tracking tonight

    via Adam Wollner, NPR
    A total of 31 ballot measures, concerning issues ranging from education to gambling to marijuana, will go before voters in six states — Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington.

    That's down slightly from the average of about 42 measures in nine states in odd-numbered years, according to Ballotpedia.

    Some of the ballot measures are more interesting than others — and may have broader national implications. Here are five to keep an eye on:

    Colorado: School Financing

    Amendment 66 would raise income taxes by $950 million per year to provide the necessary funding for the implementation of a new public school financing system.

    The main campaign supporting the tax hike recently received a combined $2 million in contributions from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. Groups supporting the measure have raised more than $10.4 million, while organizations in opposition have together raised less than $40,000.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and some of the state's top teachers unions also back the initiative. Duncan said that "if voters pass Amendment 66, Colorado will become the educational model for every state to follow."

    Republicans and other tax opponents argue the measure will hurt families and small businesses, and that a funding boost won't guarantee a more effective education system.

    Colorado: Marijuana Tax

    One year after Colorado voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use, they must now decide if they want to tax it.

    Proposition AA would impose a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales to help fund the construction of new schools and an additional 10 percent sales tax, which will pay for regulation and enforcement. If the measure passes, the state's fiscal analysts project it could bring in $70 million annually.

    The proposition has the support of Hickenlooper, the state's Republican attorney general and many members of the legal-marijuana industry. But some marijuana advocates are against the measure, arguing that pot should be taxed at a lower rate, similar to alcohol.

    Washington state also legalized the recreational use of marijuana last year and included language placing a 25 percent excise tax on all pot sales in its ballot measure.

    Washington: Genetically Modified Food Labeling

    If voters approve Initiative 522, Washington would become the first state in the country to require manufacturers to clearly label food made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

    Some major food and beverage companies have fought hard against the ballot initiative. The "No on 522" campaign has raised $22 million, the most money ever in favor of or in opposition to a ballot measure in the state. Half of that has come from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group whose members include Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle. Supporters of the initiative have raised about $8.4 million.

    Most prominent Republicans in the state have joined with the packaged foods industry in opposition to the initiative, while Democrats generally favor it.

    A similar measure appeared on the ballot in California last year, but voters narrowly shot it down.

    New Jersey: Minimum Wage Increase

    New Jersey voters appear poised to adopt a constitutional amendment that raises the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 per hour and increases it annually based on the rate of inflation.

    Currently, just four other states have adopted a constitutional provision regarding the minimum wage, while 10 states have policies in place that raise it automatically. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but President Obama called for an increase to $9 earlier this year.

    Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed a bill to raise the minimum wage in January, opposes the measure, as do a coalition of business groups. Meanwhile, Christie's opponent in Tuesday's gubernatorial election, Barbara Buono, newly minted Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and labor unions have thrown their support behind it.

    New York: Gambling

    Six ballot measures will be up for a vote in New York on Tuesday, including a constitutional amendment the Legislature approved that would allow for the construction of up to seven new casinos in the state.

    The only gambling currently permitted in New York takes place at casinos owned by the Oneida Indian Nation and "racinos," which are combinations of horse race tracks and casinos.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a top supporter of the measure, which has also won the backing of business and labor groups. The gambling industry has spent tens of millions of dollars over the past several years lobbying the state to expand the number of casinos there.

    Advocates argue the plan will spur economic growth, provide more school funding and allow local governments to lower property taxes. But some opponents are skeptical of its economic potential, while others worry about the social problems casinos could bring.
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  • Exit polls: The voter breakdown in Virginia wapo.st/16EbVYA
  • Why do we care about who gets elected as governor in New Jersey?

    NPR's Washington Editor Ron Elving:
    Got to be New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie, of course, is the tough talking Republican, very popular in his blue state. And he's also a moderate who's clearly interested in running for president in a few years and, in fact, he's running even now. And Democrat Barbara Buono has barely been able to get noticed in that race. Expecting big win; 60 percent of the vote and more for Chris Christie, obviously giving him a big boost as a national figure, and maybe making him the great moderate hope in the GOP.
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