Here’s a quick look at how voters cast their ballots in Hennepin County, according to the county’s unofficial results from the general election:
President and Vice President
Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden (DFL) were the clear victors in the presidential race, with 419,985 votes (63.42 percent). Republican Sen. John McCain and running mate Gov. Sarah Palin garnered 230,550 votes (34.81 percent).
In the race for U.S. senator, Al Franken (DFL) received 329,392 votes (50.12 percent). Incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R) received 237,667 votes (36.16 percent), while Dean Barkley (I) received 84,900 votes (12.92 percent). Statewide, a recount is expected because of the tightness of Franken and Coleman’s numbers.
In the race for U.S. representative District 3, Erik Paulsen (R) received 164,752 votes (48.77 percent). Ashwin Madia (DFL) received 138,036 votes (40.86 percent), and David Dillon (I) received 34,656 votes (10.26 percent).
In the race for U.S. representative District 5, incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL) received 211,814 votes (72.27 percent). Barb Davis White (R) received 61,303 votes (20.92 percent), and Bill McGaughey (I) received 19,413 votes (6.62 percent).
In the race for U.S. representative District 6, incumbent Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R) received 290 votes (53.6 percent). El Tinklenberg (DFL) received 183 votes (33.83 percent), and Bob Anderson (I) received 68 votes (12.57 percent).
In the race for state representative District 60A, incumbent Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL) received 17,608 votes (80.23 percent). Challenger Eric Franzen (R) received 4,263 votes (19.42 percent).
In the race for state representative District 60B, incumbent Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL) received 18,867 votes (80.8 percent). Challenger Adam Martin (R) received 4,418 votes (18.92 percent).
In the race for state representative District 61A, incumbent Rep. Karen Clark (DFL) received 11,004 votes (88.84 percent). Challenger S. Andrew Sheppard (R) received 1,325 votes (10.7 percent).
In the race for state representative District 61B, Jeff Hayden (DFL) received 8,795 votes (60.23 percent). Farheen Hakeem (Green) received 4,423 votes (30.29 percent), and Kirsten Lindberg (R) received 1,356 votes (9.29 percent). Rep. Neva Walker (DFL) decided last year to vacate her seat.
In the race for state representative District 63A, incumbent Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL) received 15,312 votes (74.24 percent). Challenger Rene Ramirez (R) received 5,280 votes (25.6 percent).
In the race for three open seats on the Minneapolis School Board, Lydia Lee, Jill Davis and Carla Bates were the victors. They competed against three other candidates for the posts, including Sharon Henry-Blythe, Kari Reed and Doug Mann.
Lee, Davis and Bates were all DFL-endorsed candidates.
Lee was the top vote getter with 61,623 votes — about 22 percent of total votes. Davis followed with 58,998 votes (21.14 percent) and Bates with 54,691 votes (19.6 percent).
Referendums and Amendments
The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment — perhaps best known by its Vote Yes Minnesota campaign — received 410,210 “yes” votes (66.15 percent) and 209,919 “no” votes (33.85 percent).
The Strong Schools, Strong City Referendum garnered 131,390 “yes” votes (70.9 percent) and 53,939 “no” votes.
The Minneapolis schools ABC referendum—the establishment of election districts—received 104,283 “yes” votes (65.87 percent) and 54,042 “no” votes (34.13 percent).