Election 2014

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77 Percent Passage Rate For School Levies

Education officials say Minnesota schools largely prevailed in Tuesday’s election with requests for operating levies.

11/05/2014

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Franken Calls Re-Election ‘Gratifying’

Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.

11/04/2014

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Johnson Wishes Dayton Well After Falling Short

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.

11/04/2014

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McFadden Touts Party’s Progress In Loss

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.

11/04/2014

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DFLer Walz Re-Elected To Congress In Southern Minn.

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has won a fifth term in Congress in southern Minnesota’s 1st District, defeating Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Democratic Gov. Dayton Wins Second Term

Democrat Mark Dayton won a second term Tuesday as Minnesota governor in the capstone race of his long political career. He defeated Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who portrayed Dayton as having been around too long and bungling several issues while in office.

11/04/2014

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Republican Ryan Elected To 9th Term In US House

U.S. Rep. and former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been elected to a ninth term in Congress. Ryan defeated Democrat Rob Zerban on Tuesday. It was the second match between the two. Zerban also ran unsuccessfully against Ryan in 2012.

11/04/2014

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GOP’s Paulsen Re-Elected To Congress In Suburbs

Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has won a fourth term representing Minnesota’s west suburban 3rd District.

11/04/2014

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Kline Wins 7th Term In Southern Minnesota Seat

GOP Rep. John Kline has won his 7th term in Congress despite a well-known comedian’s intervention in the race.

11/04/2014

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Franken Captures 2nd Term In US Senate

Sen. Al Franken is the projected winner for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Voter Turnout Projection: 55-60 Percent

Minnesota’s secretary of state is projecting voter turnout of 55 to 60 percent in this midterm election. Mark Ritchie’s projection would be right in line with recent history. Nearly 56 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot four years ago.

11/04/2014

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Minnesota Sees Big Increase In Absentee Voting

The Minnesota secretary of state’s office says more than 189,000 absentee ballots were returned by Tuesday morning. The office says that’s up nearly 50 percent from the absentees accepted in the 2010 election.

11/04/2014

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For IP And Greens, Major-Party Status At Stake

For Minnesota’s Independence and Green parties, the goal this Election Day isn’t so much winning. It’s nailing down major-party status. The IP wants to keep it. The Green Party wants to get it back.

11/04/2014

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Franken Hopes For Easier Senate Path Against McFadden

Democratic Sen. Al Franken hoped to win a second term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday more comfortably than he won his first. Franken’s victory by a mere 312 votes in a 2008 recount made him an alluring target for Republicans, who hoped to seize control of the Senate.

11/04/2014

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4 Things To Know: Election Day Edition

Do you have some last minute questions before heading to the polls? Here are four things you need to know before heading out the door.

11/04/2014

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Gov. Mark Dayton, Jeff Johnson Answer 9 Questions

The Associated Press invited Gov. Mark Dayton and his GOP challenger, Republican Jeff Johnson, to respond to several questions ahead of next month’s election. Here are their verbatim answers.

10/17/2014

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Wis. Senator: Beheading Video Calls For Intervention

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says the Islamic State extremists reported to have beheaded a second American journalist are evil barbarians who must be defeated. The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

09/02/2014

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5 Things To Know About The Midterm Election

With any luck, Minnesota has two months left in its election season. Then again, the state is accustomed to high-profile races that go into overtime. It just so happens that two recount survivors, Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, share a ballot this fall in respective re-election bids.

09/01/2014

Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Key Moments Give Fuel To Minnesota Campaign Themes

Several upcoming events on the calendar could help energize campaigns for Minnesota governor and legislative offices. They’ll drive the messages voters will hear from candidates and their allies over the next two months.

09/01/2014

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Dayton, Johnson Get Big Public Money For Race

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are getting big infusions of public money for their campaigns. Dayton received $534,000 in public subsidies in his bid for a second term, while Johnson took in about $389,000.

08/26/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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GOP Supreme Court Candidate Banned At Fair Booth

The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is pushing back against the party’s attempts to keep her away from its State Fair booth. Michelle MacDonald showed up at the booth on the fair’s first day Thursday and was asked several times to leave.

08/21/2014

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High Court Tosses GOP Lawmaker Residency Dispute

Minnesota’s Supreme Court has dismissed a voter’s call to have Rep. Bob Barrett removed from the November ballot over his residency. Valerie Mondor had petitioned the court to toss Barrett from the election.

08/18/2014

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Independence Party Setbacks Threaten Major Status

It hasn’t been a banner month for Minnesota’s “other” major party. The Independence Party, a presence on the state political scene since Jesse Ventura was governor, saw a preferred Senate candidate lose a primary Tuesday.

08/15/2014

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Duke The Dog Elected Mayor In Cormorant, Minn.

The new mayor of a Minnesota town is just 7-years-old, and he doesn’t say much. Voters in Cormorant, in Northwestern Minnesota, elected a dog named Duke by a landslide. The 12 people in the village each paid $1 to cast a vote.

08/13/2014

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