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Race for Minneapolis mayor still open after no one wins DFL endorsement

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Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew
Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges

The race for mayor of Minneapolis is still wide open after no one was endorsed at the DFL convention on Saturday.

The convention wrapped up after a 13-hour day, but when it was finally adjourned at 11 p.m. on Saturday night, there were still six candidates.

Two rounds of ballots narrowed the field down to two hopefuls, but neither secured the 60 percent needed to earn the party's official nod.

Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew and City Council Member Betsy Hodges tallied 50 and 44.3 percent respectively, with about 1,100 total delegate votes.

Despite a deadlock, both Andrew and Hodges were still visibly pleased to be at the top.

"We will see you on the ground in November," Andrew promised.

Third runner up Gary Schiff did not garner enough support to make it past Saturday's second round, and tossed his delegate support to Hodges in order to block Andrew from winning the endorsement. Schiff said he still plans to continue his campaign.

Hodges says her campaign will get back into the grind Monday morning.

"My campaign will get to work tomorrow, frankly, and start working through November to make sure we have as many first and second votes as we can," she said.

In a DFL-controlled town like Minneapolis, it's not surprising to see so many candidates vying for the city's top job. What is unusual, however, is that there will not be a primary. That means voters going into the general election will have a lot of choices squaring off against one Republican.

The city will also switch to a ranked-choice voting system, which requires voters to rank their favorite candidates in order -- first, second and third. The method not only allows voters the opportunity to select a backup plan, but it will also change the way the candidates campaign because likeability will be an important factor in the election.

Voters should expect an issues-driven campaign -- especially since no DFL endorsement means the party won't be handing out thousands of dollars that can be used by the campaigns. Instead, each candidate will need to raise their own money.

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