Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Numbers don't lie: Polk County leans to the right

  • Polk voters support Romney, both constitutional amendments.
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  • If you glanced too quickly at some of the election results featured on Wednesday's front page of the Crookston Daily Times, you may have thought that sometime after going to bed in the wee hours of the morning and before you woke up groggy a few short hours later, you had crossed over into some type of alternate universe.
    Republican Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama with 52 percent of the vote? Both amendments to the Minnesota Constitution on the ballot, one for voter ID and one defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman, had been approved? And not just approved, but approved by wide margins, with approximately two-thirds of voters casting "yes" ballots for the marriage amendment and 56 percent of voters voting in favor of the voter ID amendment?
    Say what?
    If you rubbed your eyes and looked a second time, however, you would have seen that the headline above those particular results indicated that the results were tallies specific to Polk County and not the overall results.
    Overall, as everyone knows by now, Obama won re-election, and in Minnesota he received approximately 53 percent of the vote. Minnesota voters also rejected both proposed amendments.
    What it all comes down to is that Polk County has cemented a reputation in recent elections as being a fairly conservative county when compared to others in the region, and the state as a whole. Polk County voters, although they helped re-elect Republican Minn. House District 1B Rep. Deb Kiel of rural Crookston, did follow the DFL trend in other races, however, with majorities voting for DFL District 1 State Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer, U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, a conservative Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat.
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