UPDATED November 8, 5 p.m.: After three days of counting, Minneapolis has a winner in the mayoral race — Betsy Hodges — and in the three city council races that awaited Ranked Choice Voting counts. In Ward Five, Blong Yang will be the new city council member. In Ward Nine, the winner is Alondra Cano. In Ward Thirteen, Linnea Palmisano wins. St. Paul will begin the RCV vote for Ward One on Monday.
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In St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman easily won re-election, with 78 percent of the votes.
Abdi Warsame will become the first Somali city council member in Minneapolis, winning 63.92 percent of the vote, with strong organizing winning a clear victory over incumbent Robert Lilligren in Ward Six.
Three Minneapolis city council races await RCV counting to determine a winner. In Ward Five in North Minneapolis, Blong Yang has a commanding lead of 42 percent over Ian Alexander (30 percent), and Brett Buckner (21 percent).
In Ward Nine, Alondra Cano, the DFL-endorsed candidate, got 41 percent of the first choice votes, leading Socialist Alternative and Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore with 38 percent.
Linea Palmisano (43 percent) and Matt Perry (39 percent) will also await the RCV count in Ward Thirteen.
Ranked Choice Voting
The City of Minneapolis website describes how Ranked Choice Voting works:
How are Ranked Choice ballots counted?
For single seat offices (Mayor, City Council Members, and Park and Recreation Board District Commissioners)
For multiple seat offices (two seats for Board of Estimate and Taxation At-Large, and three seats for Park and Recreation Board At-Large)
In St. Paul, the special election for Ward One has Dai Thao (28 percent) leading Noel Nix (24 percent), with both far ahead of the rest of the seven-candidate field.
The St. Paul school board contest, which is not subject to Ranked Choice Voting, had three expected winners: incumbents Jean O’Connell (29 percent) and John Brodrick (25 percent) and newcomer Chue Vue (31 percent).
Money counts? Maybe not so much
The common wisdom that campaign spending predicts winners was wrong in two Minneapolis races. The first campaign finance reports showed Mark Andrew outspending Betsy Hodges by a substantial margin. Final campaign finance reports are due by January 31. According to the pre-election Hennepin County campaign finance report records, Andrew raised $420,0284.91 to Betsy Hodges $277.989.59.
In North Minneapolis, Brett Buckner spent more than $50,000, almost all his own money, outspending other candidates by more than a two-to-one margin. Despite the big campaign spending, he came in third
The rest of the Minneapolis city council races
Here’s the full list of Minneapolis city council races:
Ward One – Kevin Reich
Ward Two – Cam Gordon
Ward Three – Jacob Frey
Ward Four – Barb Johnson
Ward Five – Blong Yang leads, but winner will be determined by RCV vote
Ward Six – Abdi Warsame
Ward Seven – Lisa Goodman
Ward Eight – Elizabeth Glidden
Ward Nine – Alondra Cano (41 percent) and Ty Moore (38 percent) lead, but winner will be determined by RCV vote
Ward Ten – Lisa Bender
Ward Eleven – John Quincy
Ward Twelve – Andrew Johnson
Ward Thirteen – Linea Palmisano (43 percent) and Matt Perry (39 percent) lead, but winner will be determined by RCV vote
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Commissioners
Three at-large seats – Winner will be determined by RCV vote. Leading candidates in first-choice ballots are John Erwin (24.74 percent), Annie Young (15.66 percent), Meg Forney (13.23 percent), Tom Nordyke (10.97 percent) and Jason Stone (9.02 percent).
District 1 – Liz Wielinski
District 2 – Jon Olson
District 3 – Scott Vreeland
District 4 – Anita Tabb
District 5 – Stephanie Musich
District 6 – Brad Bourn
Board of Estimate and Taxation
Two seats: Winners are Carol Becker (49 percent) and David Wheeler (34 percent)