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Obama Wins Minnesota

Voters in Minnesota on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 10 Electoral votes.

Barack Obama won Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

CBS News has called the Minnesota race for the President shortly after 9:30 p.m., about the same time ABC News projected Minnesota for Obama, after Obama took a more than 40,000 vote lead with about 10 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press also called the Minnesota race for Obama before 10 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press.

Obama's 12 percent lead would match his margin over John McCain in 2008.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times.

It has voted Republican only once in the last 50 years.

Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Minnesota. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was the two amendment issues–Voter I.D. and Marriage–on the Minnesota ballot this election.

Smokin' Joe December 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I'm not particularly a Republican but I'll give you some thoughts. We pay dearly for our existing police forces. Part of what we pay for is their expertise in threat assessment. Hopefully they know more than our politicians or the lobbyists from the NRA. If our local police force in conjunction with the Sherrif's Department, the State Patrol, the Park Police, the DNR, the Metro Transit Police, and the FBI believe there to be a reason for an armed guard at a school it would be under their purview to staff that position. Your figure may be a bit high as some schools already have done this, and it's not a full-time positon. District 196 already has policemen in the high schools, although I'd suspect that's more to keep order than to guard against outside threats. After seeing the disaster that the TSA has evolved into there's no way we want yet another agency involved.
Susan December 21, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thanks Joe. Yeah, I thought about it after I posted the comment, and I would like to hear from anyone willing to answer...doesn't matter what party, or anything in between.
Randy Marsh December 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
It's an absurd suggestions, nearly as ridiculous as their constant whining about a waiting period for certain weapons purchases being a violation of the second amendment. Also, don't forget to add another 20 percent to your estimate for benefits. After what happened to that poor officer in Cold Spring, I don't think the rent-a-cop option is a very good idea.
Susan December 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Amy, why did you delete?
Amy Paddock December 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Susan, I actually meant to correct what I wrote, but got distracted by something else, then finally went to bed. Been feeling sick really & suddenly became extremely tired. Anyway, I assume it is still there via email notification. I do think that right now everyone needs to feel protected. If we spend a little more on some security at our schools right now, under the circumstances, that is reasonably justified. Having every school armed as suggested, and long term b/c of this isn't reasonable - not the way NRA says so either. I am still very annoyed about how they responded. Pretty arrogant in my opinion. I don't want to take everyone's right away to have guns for hunting, or for protection. I am getting a little tired of the crazy "right to bear arms" arguments - that goes overboard too. That discussion I encountered with the Vets the other day, really put more light to the thoughts on this as well. They were talking abt some of these people who have those type of weapons, and hyper romatic attitudes about them, have no idea of what could go wrong. In the end, my mind and heart are with those who lost their children and loved ones.

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