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What does it all mean? Four top takeaways from Minnesota's elections

Results were still trickling in Wednesday, but some outcomes were clear


November 5, 2020

David Joles – Star Tribune

Al Lindell, head election judge, handed an "I voted" sticker to a voter from behind a plexiglass barrier as voters gathered for the election Tuesday at the Vasa Town Hall in Welch, Minn.

An estimated 3.2 million Minnesotans voted in Tuesday's general election - either via absentee or in person - making for a 78% turnout that would be the highest in the state since 2008. Results were still trickling in Wednesday, with some races too close to call.

But some outcomes and consequences of the vote were clear by Wednesday. Here's a look at four key takeaways so far here in Minnesota:

Democrats continue statewide win streak

Battleground Minnesota wasn't so close in the end. Democrats continued their decadeslong streak of presidential victories here, as nominee Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by a comfortable margin. As of this morning, Biden was ahead 52%-45%. High turnout and vote totals in DFL strongholds such as Hennepin County appeared to seal the big win.


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