Count Continues in Minneapolis with Frey in Lead for Mayor; 6 Council Seats Decided

November 08, 2017 03:46 PM

Another round of counting began Wednesday in Minneapolis as election judges work to determine a winner in the city's mayoral race.

A city spokesperson said election officials plan to declare a winner in the mayoral race sometime Wednesday, and that all races should be tabulated by Friday.


The Minneapolis City Clerk's office estimated a total voter turnout of 106,000 between day-of and ballots cast in advance of the election. That's 43 percent of eligible voters – 10 percent more than in 2013, the last off-year election.

Track the results of Minneapolis' mayoral, council and park board races here

Here are the percentages of votes the top five mayoral candidates received after the first round of ranked-choice voting Tuesday:

  • Jacob Frey (DFL): 25 percent
  • Tom Hoch (DFL): 19 percent
  • Betsy Hodges (DFL): 18 percent
  • Raymond Dehn (DFL): 17 percent
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds (DFL): 15 percent

Because there wasn't a candidate who received more than 50 percent of the votes Tuesday night, officials move on to the next round of tallying by eliminating candidates with the lowest number of votes. 

In the meantime, the city's Election and Voter Services website has declared unofficial winners in six of the 13 City Council races:

  • Ward 2: Cam Gordon
  • Ward 7: Lisa Goodman
  • Ward 8: Andrea Jenkins
  • Ward 10: Lisa Bender
  • Ward 12: Andrew Johnson
  • Ward 13: Linea Palmisano

Learn about how ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis works here.

Officials had begun tabulating the second round of ranked-choice voting Wednesday morning, and results will be updated here. That count includes the mayoral race, the remaining seven City Council races, six district Park Board races, three Park Board at-large seats, and two Board of Estimate and Taxation seats.

The city said that if tabulations couldn't be completed Wednesday, they would continue Thursday. 

Meanwhile, Andrea Jenkins celebrated an historic win in the Minneapolis City Council Ward 8 race. Jenkins won the seat with 73 percent of the votes, making her the first openly transgender woman of color to win a city council seat in a major U.S. city.

RELATED: Frey Leads in Minneapolis Mayoral Race, Historic Win in Ward 8

It was another historic night in St. Paul, as Melvin Carter won with 50.89 percent of votes in the first round of counting, securing the spot to become the city's next leader and its first black mayor.

RELATED:  Melvin Carter Wins Majority of Votes, Becomes First Black Mayor of St. Paul


Rebecca Omastiak and Michael Oakes

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