Minnesota Election Results 2012: Klobuchar wins reelection to Senate; Bachmann survives to retain her House seat; Obama win extends Minnesota’s presidential blue streak
Here is a summary of the election results in Minnesota: (View full map)
The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican for president was 1972. The candidate was Richard Nixon. In 2012, GOP leaders expressed hope that this year would mark the end of that blue streak, the nation’s longest. It didn’t happen.
Popular freshman Amy Klobuchar (D) defeated Republican state representative Kurt Bills, according to the Associated Press. Bills is a Ron Paul backer who supported a bill requiring state agencies to craft contingency plans for dealing with federal insolvency.
Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann (R) survived a serious challenge from Jim Graves, a millionaire businessman who founded the AmericInn hotel chain. The Associated Press declared Bachmann the winner early Wednesday morning. Bachmann’s own run for the GOP presidential nomination faded after a series of missteps, including her repeated restatement of the false claim that the HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack lost to challenger and former congressman Rick Nolan (D).
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