The Latest: Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar cruises to 3rd term

Published 11-07-2018

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on Minnesota's midterm election (all times local):

8:39 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar has easily won a third term in Minnesota.

Klobuchar defeated Republican state Rep. Jim Newberger on Tuesday. It comes as Klobuchar's name swirls amid the crop of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020.

The race was never close. Newberger is a little-known state lawmaker who struggled to raise money against the popular Klobuchar.

Republicans put far more focus on the state's other Senate race to complete the last two years of Al Franken's term. State Sen. Karin Housley carried the party's hopes in that race against Democratic Sen. Tina Smith.

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8:35 p.m.

State Rep. Ilhan Omar has won Minnesota's 5th District race to become the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Omar will succeed U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who gave up the safe seat in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis-area district to run for state attorney general. Ellison himself was the

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8:35 p.m.

State Rep. Ilhan Omar has won Minnesota's 5th District race to become the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Omar will succeed U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who gave up the safe seat in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis-area district to run for state attorney general. Ellison himself was the first Muslim elected to Congress more than a decade ago.

Omar defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski.

Omar says she'll vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance. She was dogged during the campaign by allegations first raised by conservative media two years ago that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud. She denounced those c

State Rep. Ilhan Omar has won Minnesota's 5th District race to become the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Omar will succeed U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who gave up the safe seat in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis-area district to run for state attorney general. Ellison himself was the first Muslim elected to Congress more than a decade ago.

Omar defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski.

Omar says she'll vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance. She was dogged during the campaign by allegations first raised by conservative media two years ago that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud. She denounced those claims as "disgusting lies."

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8 p.m.

Polls have closed in Minnesota, where voter turnout in the midterm election was reported to be strong.

Secretary of State spokesman Ben Petok says that as of Tuesday morning, elections officials had received nearly 615,000 absentee and mail-in ballots. That's close to the more than 650,000 early ballots received for the presidential election two years ago.

Joe Mansky is elections manager in Ramsey County, which includes St. Paul. He visited some polling places and reported that turnout was good.

Few technical glitches have been reported, though there was some confusion about rules.

Councilwoman Fran Holmes in the St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills says she was told to remove her campaign button when she voted, even though she thought a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed it.

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5 p.m.

A councilwoman in the St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills says she was told to remove her campaign button when she voted.

Fran Holmes is running for re-election to her nonpartisan post.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said Minnesota's broad restrictions on wearing political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls were unconstitutional, but that states could still limit such items.

The Legislature hasn't met since Minnesota's law was struck down, so a new law on political clothing hasn't been enacted.

Secretary of State Steve Simon issued guidance that barred campaign paraphernalia of candidates, slogans or issues that are on the ballot. But Secretary of State spokesman Ben Petok says if someone refuses to remove banned paraphernalia, he or she must still be allowed to vote.

In Holmes' case, she took off her pin and voted. But she said she's troubled that Simon put out instructions without a law created by the Legislature.

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4 p.m.

Some Minnesota voters say their opposition to Republican President Donald Trump brought them out to vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Twenty-two-year-old Sarah Roth of Minnetonka says Trump is "making a lot of these wrong decisions," and she wants to see the U.S. House flip to Democratic control.

Roth, a liberal Democrat, says she thinks Congress needs to do more to oppose Trump. She says she voted a straight-line blue ticket on Tuesday.

Another Minnetonka voter, Phillip Baum, describes himself as a moderate conservative who leans Republican. Baum is a general contractor and says the economy is the most important issue to him. He owns his own business and says he never wants to go through another Great Recession.

Baum says he would like to see more compromise in Congress. He feels both sides are "too stubborn, bullheaded and there's no compromise."

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3:40 p.m.

Voter turnout is strong in Minnesota's largest city for Tuesday's midterm elections.

Minneapolis estimates nearly 70,000 voters have cast their ballots as of noon. The total is based on unofficial tabulator counts from 95 percent of all precincts. That means about 28 percent of all registered Minneapolis voters showed up to vote Tuesday morning.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 51,000 Minneapolis voters cast early ballots. That number is expected to climb as additional absentee ballots arrive by mail.

Ramsey County elections manager Joe Mansky says turnout also is good in his metro county. Mansky says he visited some polling places Tuesday morning, and the judges all reported high turnout, with a line of voters waiting for one polling place to open.

Mansky says absentee voting in Ramsey County through Tuesday morning was over 60,000. That compares with 64,000 during the presidential election two years ago.

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12:20 p.m.

Minnesota elections officials are anticipating a high voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm elections.

Minnesota Secretary of State spokesman Ben Petok says as of Tuesday morning, elections officials had received nearly 615,000 absentee and mail-in ballots. That's close to the more than 650,000 absentee and mail-in ballots received for the presidential election two years ago.

Petok says he has not heard of any major voting glitches. He says one precinct in Anoka County had problems starting up e-poll books, but quickly switched to a paper roster for signing in voters. Polls in Minnesota are open until 8 p.m.

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7 a.m.

Voters were lined up as the polls opened in Minnesota on this Election Day.

Light rain didn't seem to dampen voters' enthusiasm at a community center in Minnetonka, a suburb west of Minneapolis Tuesday where about 15 people were lined up to vote as the three polling places opened.

There is much at stake for this midterm election in Minnesota, including an open race for governor, two U.S. Senate seats, a hotly contested race for attorney general, several congressional races and control of the Legislature.

Polls close at 8 p.m. But, if you're in line at 8 p.m. and haven't voted, you can still mark your ballot.

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6:10 a.m.

The seemingly unending campaign pitches and barrage of political advertising all comes down to the voters on this Election Day.

Polls open across Minnesota at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It's too soon to tell what impact the overcast skies, light rain and snow showers will have on voter turnout.

Election officials are expecting presidential-level turnout after the August primary drew the highest primary turnout since 1994.

Hundreds of thousands of voters have already marked their ballots. Election officials say nearly 540,000 Minnesotans have cast early votes since September when the window opened. That nearly matches the early general election turnout in 2016.

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