The City Pages 2012 election blog

Categories: Elections

11:34, Rupar

The Democratic candidate in House District 39, Target attorney Melisa Franzen, has defeated Republican Keith Downey.

Downey made headlines last week for running a newspaper ad where he touted endorsements made by dead guys.

11:27, LaVecchia

Chris Fields has conceded to Keith Ellison, and now, most of the remaining MN GOPers are waiting on Michele Bachmann. Rumor has it she's holed up on the second floor of the Hilton, waiting to hear her results in private before she addresses whoever's left in the ballroom.

"So she's just going to come down once she wins?" one man asks by the bar, *though most of the room knows that Bachmann's race is close.

Still, he, like other groups milling around, seems as though he's--if not celebrating, then at least not in mourning.

This man describes himself as a Tea Party supporter and says, "For me, this election wasn't a four year election, it was a sixty year election."

"I'm just waiting for Michele to get down here so I can get back to my hotel room and figure out how to get some antidepressants."

11:18, Mannix

After hearing voters affirmed same-sex rights in Maine, Sen. Al
Franken took the stage at the Minnesotans United event to an ecstatic
crowd. Though early reporting shows the amendment is on track to fail,
Franken was the first politician of the night to caution the crowd
that it's still early, and things could change quickly. As Franken
notes: "I've learned something about waiting for the full results."

But Franken said he was optimistic, especially given how other races
are going tonight. "So far things have pretty much been going
according to plan," he said. "And that's our plan."


11:03, LaVecchia

The crowd has emptied out here at the Hilton ballroom. For a few minutes, the main screen turns off Fox, with its "Barack Obama Re-Elected President" banner, altogether, opting to show the most recent amendment results instead. As "da band," a patriotically-sequined ten-piece brass ensemble, launches into "America the Beautiful," some voices in the crowd try to reassure each other that Minnesota's remaining congressional seats will stay Republican.

10:58, Wolf from Graves headquarters

The atmosphere is tense but electric here at Graves HQ. The Bachmann-Graves race is neck in neck right now at 50-50.

"It's very tight," said campaign manager Adam Graves. "St. Cloud is going to be a stronghold for us. We're cautiously optimistic, and we feel like our message has resonated."

He stopped and seems to consider something for a moment, then chuckled. "I think Michele Bachmann might be sweating bullets."

Minutes earlier, when networks began projecting a second term for Obama, the crowd here went ballistic. With the band on a break, the DJ played Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" while Graves' supporters chanted "Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!"

10:50, Rupar

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz has defeated his Republican challenger, Allen 'the Accent Signage shooting happened because of the deterioration of the family' Quist. Quist, who prevailed in a gaffe-filled primary battle against state Sen. Mike Parry, is trailing by a 57-43 margin in the southern Minnesota 1st Congressional District with 65 percent of precincts reporting.

10:41, Mannix

Just hours after winning reelection, Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to Vote No marriage amendment crowd alongside her husband and daughter. "Against all odds, I won my seat," she began, taking a shot at opponent Kurt Bills.

Klobuchar continued the trend of commending the Minnesotans United campaign, calling it "one of the most remarkable things about this

With votes still rolling in, Klobuchar said she feels good about the
amendment failing.

"Tonight, we are on the verge of making history," she said. "This is a
sea change."

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10:27, Rupar

The presidential election has been called for Obama by CBS and CNN. But not by Karl Rove. "I think this is premature," Rove said on Fox News, citing the 25 percent of ballots in Ohio that haven't yet been counted.

"We've got to be careful," he added.

10:15, LaVecchia

Just after 10 p.m., on the heels of two more somber announcements, Rep. Erik Paulsen climbed onstage to announce the first MN GOP victory of the night.

"This is going to be a long night, but there are more wins to come," Paulsen told the happy crowd, many of whom had acquired orange Paulsen paddles. "The good news is we are going to have the House, and the best news is that Nancy Pelosi will not be Speaker."

Then Paulsen set in on the real talk. "The truth is, Washington has been on the wrong track for far too long," he said. "We've got to make Washington understand that you can't spend more money than you take in." (At this, one lone enthusiast screamed "YES!").

After hitting the general points of job creation and the deficit, Paulsen threw out one specific: He promised the crowd that he would end the medical device tax.

10:00, LaVecchia

At 9:50, nearly an hour after ABC projected a win for Romney in Minnesota, the FOX broadcast playing at the Hilton announces that our state has gone blue. The news is already old to, or at least expected by, many of the MNGOPers clustered around the screen, but still provokes loud "boos."

Bummed out young Republicans boo.

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