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SOS Ritchie Says Election Night Could Be A Late One In Minnesota

Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 7:38 am

Minnesota’s Secratary of State is saying Tuesday night could be a late night before the results of this year’s election are tabulated.

Ritchie told WCCO on Sunday that election results for Tuesday will be delayed more this year than in the past.

Ritchie said that due to write-in candidates in the State Representative race in Duluth’s St. Louis County, the votes in that district will have to be hand counted.

The write in candidates are a factor there because Rep. Terry Gauthier was forced to drop out of the race because of a sex scandal.

Ritchie said that hand counting process will likely hold up the results for all of St. Louis County, which is one of the largest counties in the state.

Ritchie told WCCO that results from St. Louis County likely will be in, at the earliest, after 1 a.m. Wednesday and possibly even later than that.

That means close statewide races, like the Marriage Amendment, Voter ID Amendment, and the 8th Congressional District will likely be all-nighters.

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