Largest election in Minnesota history certified, two recounts to come

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November 29, 2012

Minnesota

By Zac Humphrey

ST. PAUL, Minnesota: The most recent general election has proven to be the largest in Minnesota state history, beating the previous high mark by 30,000 votes. This election also marks the Democratic party taking the majority in both houses of the state legislature.[1]

The State Canvassing Board's certification formally acknowledges vote totals, which up to this point had been unofficial. The results showed that 2,950,780 people voted in the general election. Of those, 267,464 voted absentee and 527,867 voted using same-day registration.[2]

Despite being certified, there are still two state legislative races outstanding and going to a recount. The race for House District 8B currently stands Mary Franson (R) with an 11-vote lead over Bob Cunniff (D). The other race involves Senate District 20 where Kevin Dahle (D) has a 78-vote lead over Mike Dudley (R).[1]

The State Canvassing Board will meet again to certify the recount results on December 4, 2012.[2]

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