Ritchie re-elected as Minn. secretary of state

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has won a second term as Minnesota’s chief elections officer.

The Democrat turned back a challenge from Republican Dan Severson, a state representative from Sauk Rapids.

Ritchie oversaw the biggest election recount in Minnesota history with the 2008 U.S. Senate race, when Democrat Al Franken beat Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

Severson campaigned for requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls to prevent fraud.