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Minnesota election results roundup

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PRESIDENT: HOW WE VOTED

President Obama won four more years in the White House, carrying both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Obama's victory in Minnesota keeps the state's streak of electing a Democrat alive. No Republican presidential candidate has carried Minnesota since Richard Nixon in 1972.

Read more: President Barack Obama re-elected

MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

Minnesota voters rejected the proposed amendment to change the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

At one point late Tuesday the yes/no votes were locked in a 49/49 split, but a delay in reporting from Minneapolis later pushed the no votes above 50 percent at about 2 a.m. Each amendment needed to earn at least 50 percent of the vote plus one to pass.

Read more: Minnesotans reject marriage amendment

VOTER ID AMENDMENT

Minnesotans voted no twice, also rejecting an amendment to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters.

While the concept is catching-on in other states, some were surprised it failed in Minnesota. Critics said voter fraud isn't a problem in Minnesota, and that the voter ID rule would have made it tougher for students, minorities and the elderly to cast a ballot.

It's unlikely that Republicans will get a chance to try their effort again after losing the Legislature.

Read more: Minnesota voters defeat voter ID, marriage amendments

ONE VOTE DIFFERENCE IN HOUSE 8B

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Minnesota House District 8B race is separated by a single vote. Republican Rep. Mary Franson leads DFL challenger Bob Cunniff 10,652 votes to 10,651 votes.

An automatic recount has been triggered in the district. In the past three elections, the state has seen at least one race go through a recount.

Read more: One vote decides MN House 8B race

BACHMANN BARELY KEEPS SEAT

Michele Bachmann has won a fourth term in Congress despite a serious challenge from Democrat Jim Graves. Bachmann spent nearly $20 million to fight Graves in the nation's most expensive congressional race.

Through polls had placed her in the lead going into the election, only about 4,200 votes separated the two at the end.

Read more: Bachmann narrowly wins tight contest against Graves

CRAVAACK WON'T BE BACK

Democrat Rick Nolan won Minnesota's 8th District and will be returning to Congress after a three-decade absence. Cravaack served just one term after unseating longtime Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 2010 election.

Read more: Cravaack concedes 8th District race

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT

At election's end: http://twitpic.com/baz9ex

FOX 9 reporter Bill Keller caught up with the last person in line at the Painter Park polling place in Minneapolis.

VIDEO OF THE NIGHT

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his mom celebrated President Obama's re-election by crowd-surfing at the Minnesota DFL election night party.

"For the record the stage dive was my mom's idea," Rybak posted on Twitter.

Watch: Rybak crowd-surfs at DFL party

DEMOCRATS TAKE CONTROL OF MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

Democrats have taken over the Minnesota Legislature. In an evening phone call, state Republican leaders conceded their loss of control in both the House and the Senate. This is the first time Democrats have controlled the legislature and the governor's mansion since 1990.

Read more: Democrats take Minn. Legislature in election hat trick

NO SURPRISES

Sen. Amy Klobuchar quickly won with an overwhelming 65 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Kurt Bills.

Read more: Klobuchar keeps Senate seat

Six other incumbent members of Congress coasted to a somewhat easy re-election. Those lawmakers include Reps. Tim Walz, John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Collin Peterson.

Read more: Ellison, McCollum, Paulsen cruise to re-election

ST. PAUL VOTES YES FOR SCHOOLS

The St. Paul Public School District's Strong Schools, Strong Communities excess property tax levy referendum passed with 60 percent approval. The property tax levy will replace a voter-approved property tax levy that expires at the end of 2012. The new property tax levy will provide $39 million each year for the next eight years for critical educational services.

Results here: School District question results

BALLOT PROBLEMS IN MINNEAPOLIS

Ballot issues in three Minneapolis precincts forced a manual, hand-count of about 6,000 ballots starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The affected precincts -- District 10-1, 10-2, and 10-8 -- are located in the largely Democratic neighborhoods of Lowry Hill East and Whittier. The problem was not with the machines, but with the ballots themselves. Officials explained the machines could not scan them properly because of the way they were printed.

Read more: Ballot issues force hand count, Minneapolis results delayed

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