MINNEAPOLIS: Rybak defeats McLaughlin


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Incumbent Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been re-elected, defeating challenger Peter McLaughlin by 62 percent to 36 percent, according to official returns.

McLaughlin conceded the race and phoned Rybak at about 10 p.m., reporter Megan Harms told KFAI Radio. With about 80 percent of precincts reporting, the City of Minneapolis election office was reporting 35,510 votes for Rybak to 20,891 for McLaughlin.

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ST. PAUL: Chris Coleman elected mayor


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Chris Coleman has been elected mayor of St. Paul with about 70 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Randy Kelly.

A jubilant Coleman, speaking on KFAI Radio, praised his supporters. “This was a heck of an effort – a great victory,” he said.

His top priority when he takes office will be education, he said.

In some ways, the mayoral campaign was a referendum on George W. Bush’s presidency, due to Kelly’s endorsement of the Republican in last year’s presidential election.

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