Election 2012

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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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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By Jeff Hage on November 7, 2012 at 4:44 am 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 [...]

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Updated 7:58 a.m. 11-7-12   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 [...]

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Just after midnight, the two proposed constitutional amendments, marriage and voter ID, were very close. “No” votes led with 50 percent to 48 percent on both amendments. In other election news, former Congressman Rick Nolan was leading incumbent Eighth District Rep. Chip Cravaack by a 52 to 48 percent margin. In U.S. House District Six, [...]

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