November 14, 2020
Voters stood in line waiting to cast their early votes at the elections and voters services building on 980 Hennepin Ave. East, Friday, October 16, 20

Absentee balloting helped drive Minnesota's highest voter turnout in 6 decades

High rates of early voting help propel Minnesota to one of its strongest voting years ever.
East Metro
November 12, 2020
Grey Cloud Island Township is a riverside community in southern Washington County.

Coin flips decides an election tie in Washington County

Toss was used to break tie in Grey Cloud Island Township. Heads won.
November 11, 2020
Kanye West

Rapper Kanye West racks up his second-highest vote total in Minnesota

Rapper Kanye West’s campaign website says “our future is waiting on us,” but even with a big nudge from voters in Minnesota, it…
November 11, 2020
Kanye West looks on in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with President Trump on October 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Wait, so where in Minnesota did Kanye get all his votes?

Mr. Kardashian pulled in more than 7,000 votes from around our fair state.
November 9, 2020
Joe Biden supporters celebrated Saturday at Nicollet Avenue and E. 40th Street in Minneapolis.

How young voters helped Biden win Minnesota

Record youth turnout helped Joe Biden defeat President Trump.
November 7, 2020
Jenna and Eric Fink of Savage celebrated Saturday after Joe Biden was named the winner of the presidential election. They had been chilling a bottle o

Minnesotans react to Biden win with protest and celebration

Minnesotans on both sides of the political divide held out hope that President-elect Joe Biden can help America come together again.
State + Local
November 7, 2020
Congressional candidates Kendall Qualls and Tyler Kistner listened backstage as Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at the election night party at the Doub

Minnesota Republicans lack a formula to win statewide

Since 2006, Republicans have lost 26 of 27 such races to Democrats.
November 7, 2020
"Never forget the tallies aren't just numbers: They represent votes and voters," Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden sai

Count goes on in 4 states — with Biden on the cusp of presidency

Democrat Joe Biden stood on the cusp of winning the presidency Friday night, three days after Election Day, as the long, exacting work of counting votes widened his lead over President Donald Trump in critical battleground states.
November 6, 2020
Justice Paul Thissen led by nearly 19 percentage points in the race as of Thursday.

Justice Thissen defeats perennial Supreme Court candidate MacDonald

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen won by nearly 19 percentage points of the votes tabulated by Thursday.
November 5, 2020
Adam Weeks, left, Tyler Kistner and Angie Craig squared off in the Second District, but Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now candidate, died before the elec

Marijuana candidates shake up Minnesota races

In two pivotal races for control of the Minnesota Senate, candidates running under the pro-marijuana banner pulled in thousands of votes despite largely invisible campaigns.…
November 5, 2020
Rep. Jim Hagedorn knocked on doors and talked with folks in Le Sueur, Minnesota, during a campaign swing in September 2020.

GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn holds First District seat, beating back challenge from Dan Feehan

Jim Hagedorn was leading DFLer Dan Feehan, but the race had not been called yet by Wednesday morning.
November 5, 2020
Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Craig staves off challenge from Republican Kistner in 2nd District

She had 9,386 more votes than challenger Tyler Kistner on Thursday.
November 5, 2020
Election worker Kristen Mun from Portland empties ballots from a ballot box at the Multnomah County Elections Division, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3030 in Portl

Biden wins Minn., Wis., Mich.; presidency hangs on battleground races

Voters have cast their ballots after a long, divisive presidential campaign between Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. In addition…
November 5, 2020
An election worker scans a ballot while doing the first check of the signature while processing ballots at the Pima County Elections Office located in

Arizona presidential results draw different conclusions by news outlets

A hotly contested presidential election in Arizona has led different scorekeepers to draw different conclusions about the winner of its 11 electoral votes.
November 5, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke during a drive-in campaign event in Falcon Heights on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

Joe Biden cements DFL's strength in Minnesota cities, big suburbs

Biden racked up big numbers in Minn.'s cities and suburbs.
November 5, 2020
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig visited the Welch, Minnesota, farm of Les Anderson in October 2020.

Rep. Angie Craig wins Minnesota's 2nd District, turning back GOP challenger Tyler Kistner

A deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate attracted significant votes.
November 5, 2020
The presidential candidates took the stage early Wednesday: Democrat Joe Biden, left, spoke in Wilmington, Del., while President Donald Trump made com

The wait over next president is agonizing, both sides in Minnesota agree

People turned to doughnuts, caffeine, yoga, wine, exercise and all other sorts of therapies — including the warm sun of a perfect autumn day — doing their best to peel themselves away from television, radio and smartphones in the name of staying sane.
November 5, 2020
Voters filled out their ballots at Lucy Laney at Cleveland Park Community School in north Minneapolis Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Minnesota voter turnout of almost 80% could break records

More Minnesotans than ever before are believed to have cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, which could potentially produce one of the highest voter turnout rates…
November 5, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

Biden on the brink, one state victory from the White House

Joe Biden won the battleground prizes of Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday, reclaiming a key part of the "blue wall" that slipped away from Democrats four years ago and narrowing President Trump's pathway to reelection.
East Metro
November 4, 2020
Jim Vue was elected to a full term on the St. Paul school board Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Jim Vue wins in St. Paul school board race

Jim Vue, who has been serving as a St. Paul school board member on an interim basis, won the race Tuesday to fill the seat…

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