2012 Election

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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Wright County Board incumbent and Monticello resident Pat Sawatzke has emerged as the general election victor in a contentious commissioner battle with Rose Thelen. A 2010 redistricting plan put the two county residents and commissioners into one of the county’s five districts this election season. With all eight precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Sawatzke tallied 7,282 […]

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Rep. Michele Bachmann appears poised to turn away a strong Sixth District charge from DFL challenger Jim Graves’ and win their Sixth District battle, narrowly notching a fourth term in Congress. Minnesota news organizations began reporting Bachmann’s 51 percent to 49 percent margin of victory shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday. Unofficial results reported shortly after […]

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By a close, but safe 693-vote margin Linda Doerr maintains her spot as the at-large representative for the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital board. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, the incumbent has totaled 6,680 votes, earning a victory over Deborah Olson (5,987 votes) and Bruce Hamond (5,925 votes). Doerr won by picking up […]

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