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Councilwoman Hodges elected mayor of Minneapolis

Published 9:55am Friday, November 8, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — Betsy Hodges, a Democratic member of the Minneapolis City Council, emerged as the winner of the race for mayor of Minnesota’s largest city Thursday night.

Hodges received the most votes of the 35 candidates but fell shy of an outright majority, at 49 percent. Minneapolis uses a ranked-choice system, which allowed voters on Tuesday to make up to three choices of candidates on their ballots. Ballots were reassigned as candidates were deemed out of contention.

Hodges’ victory came after election officials undertook a painstaking review of ballots and reallocation of votes under the ranked-choice system. City officials said Thursday night that Hodges was declared the unofficial winner after 33 rounds of counting ballots.

Associated Press

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