Mark Andrew all but concedes to Betsy Hodges

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It appears Betsy Hodges will be the next mayor of Minneapolis.
It's still possible for Mark Andrew to become the next mayor of Minneapolis in the same way it's still possible for the Vikings to make the playoffs this season -- in other words, it's not happening anywhere outside a mathematical model.

SEE ALSO: Hodges and Andrew exchange harsh words, sort of

That's the conclusion that emerged after the votes were tallied last night. According to the Star Tribune, Hodges won 36 percent of first-choice votes, which was more than 11 points ahead of Andrew. Thanks to ranked choice voting, the final results won't be known until later today -- the elimination rounds cease once a candidate surpasses 50 percent of the vote, and Hodges obviously isn't there yet (for a RCV explainer, click here) -- but at his Graves Hotel election night party, Andrew acknowledged it doesn't appear "possible for me to come back."

Referring to Hodges, Andrew said, "She's going to be an excellent mayor and I look forward to working with her as the years go by," according to the Strib report.

"I think it's pretty clear what the trend is, and I'm feeling that my role is to help make a smooth transition into a new administration and to be as supportive of mayor-elect Hodges as I can possibly be," Andrew added.

Here, via the city of Minneapolis's website, are the mayoral candidates who received the most first-choice votes:
1. Hodges: 28,935
2. Andrew: 19,584
3. Samuels: 8,335
4. Winton: 7,511
5. Cherryholmes: 3,524
Despite Hodges's seemingly insurmountable lead, Andrew wasn't ready to concede last night. Hodges, meanwhile, was in a celebratory mood, even if her victory isn't yet official: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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sosmpls
sosmpls

Congratulations, Losers!!! More of the same spendaholic, Utopia chasing insanity. Bend over and grab your check-books. Maybe we can go from the 4th highest taxed state to #1!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

As a Minneapolis resident, I'll be very interested how Hodges does with the entrenched vested interests at City Hall.  Between the various unions, developers and corporate interests, it's a snakepit.  The main union that needs to be dealt with is the Police union.  It will be interesting to see what Hodges does with the body camera idea.  It will also be interesting to see what comes of the idea of a municipal utility for electricity.  I love the idea in theory, as a long-term benefit to the city, but I want to see hard data and projections, which will be hard to come by as there are a lot of changes in the technology right now.

Andrew was too identified with the longterm status quo and the powers that be in Minneapolis.  He didn't do anything to dispel that, because that was his strength.

I don't agree with the criticisms about too many candidates.  Problems with democracy are solve by more democracy, not less.  Instead of increasing the filing fee, I say drop it altogether and require 250 signatures on a petition, or some number that isn't onerous but requires a commitment.

Best of luck to Hodges and all the newcomers on the City Council.  We have a weak mayor/strong council system anyway, so the Council is where the action really is.

Ange Runnels
Ange Runnels

Saw this coming from a mile away. Too many candidates.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Nice to know that she voted against the Wilf's stadium - too bad it's too late to stop it.

Jay Boller
Jay Boller

Just relieved their personalized Polaroids turned out.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Better than Andrew and his silly solar panels and Choo Choo trains no one rides, but Hodges and her ilk are still responsible for Property Taxes tripling during her rein as council member.     Get ready for higher rates, and more regulation, the Democrat way.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 Really, so "silly" to get power from the sun rather than just burning more coal or fossil fuel.  And Kurt, us adults call them trains or street cars - grow up.

asmetora
asmetora

@kurt124 Silly solar panels? Seriously? Andrews was clearly the better choice..

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MNjoe Nothing wrong with Solar in theory, but for the same reason you don't have them on your house is for the same reason they should not be on "All City Building's"  in the name of Environmental correctness:  It's called Economics!  So to spell it out for you it takes many many years to capture the savings.  You would not spend 10K now to save $30/month in 10 years just because new windows or Solar panels "Save you money,"   THEY DON'T!     Same with Choo Choo trains even worse, they are a boondoggle that no one rides and are heavily subsidized.    Trains in an area as spread out as we are here in the Metro?   They make sense in Chicago or NYC but won't ever here in the Midwest because we don't have the density and never will, we have plenty of Oil to last, lets use it.   Before you go off on the Global Warming bit, spare me.   

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MNjoe  I've got solar panels on my roof.  I figured at 2012 electrical rates, they would pay for themselves by about year 15 (of a 25 year expected lifespan).  Xcel has raised rates twice since then, bringing the break-even date closer. 

I didn't buy the solar system to become an energy tycoon.  I did it because I could, because it's cool, and because it helps to lock in a price for electricity for my household.  But mostly because why the hell not?  That sunlight is going to hit my roof anyway.  Why not put it to use, rather than burn more coal to run the air conditioner to counteract...the sunlight hitting the roof of my house?  

Where I grew up out in the country, refusing to use what was all around you was not considered "Conservative" but rather "Stupid."

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MNjoe @kurt124 I agree that Solar makes sense in theory, i am saying that in the meantime it does not, which is why you and i don't have them on our houses, just a simple fact.  Glad your able to ride the train, appears they are coming, they just won't have people on them, lets face it, people most of the time like the Freedom of driving their own cars.   The Twin cities are not and never will be Chicago. i have already conceded they make sense there.  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@Drewey @kurt124 @MNjoe When Drewey the Brain here can let me know when it makes economic sense then please do, but in the meantime i am the smart one.  "Climate change deniers",  nice one, the Earth will be here long after we are gone you moron.  I can think for myself and read you drone.    Winter is comming!   Lol

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@kurt124 @MNjoe Whew, luckily Mr. Low IQ has it all figured out.  A climate change denier is one of two things: either paid for that opinion or not smart enough to be taken seriously.  I think we all know which one you are.  You should be a bigger fan of progressives, they are the ones that look out for the less fortunate and mentally challenged such as yourself.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 @MNjoe Actually, you're wrong. Solar DOES save a person money. It just takes awhile to recoup the instillation cost. And with Xcel about to get a 10% increase in rates over the next 2 years - solar is looking even better. As energy rates rise and solar costs get cheaper through better technology, you'll see more and more of it.  And before you go off on trains - spare me! I grew up in Chicago and they are great ways to get around. Too bad MN is too cheap to build subways and 'L's as they are far superior to grade level trains. Can't wait till next spring when I can hop the train to St. Paul.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@asmetora Do you have Solar Panels on your house and Car?

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