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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • More vote counting expected for Minneapolis mayor; Hodges has big lead

  • More vote counting is expected at Minneapolis City Hall as the state's largest city looks to crown a new mayor.
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  • More vote counting is expected at Minneapolis City Hall as the state's largest city looks to crown a new mayor.
    Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but there was still not a final vote Thursday morning. The city uses a ranked-choice voting process that allowed people to designate a second and third choice.
    Thirty-five people ran to replace three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak, who didn't seek re-election. Hodges' closest rival was former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew. He conceded in a Facebook message to his followers Wednesday night.
    City workers worked until midnight Wednesday and eliminated 14 candidates. They will resume counting at 10 a.m. Thursday to finish the mayor's votes.
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