More vote counting expected for Minneapolis mayor

Published 10:53 am Thursday, November 7, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — More vote counting is expected at Minneapolis City Hall as the state’s largest city looks to crown a new mayor.

Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but there was still not a final vote this morning. The city uses a ranked-choice voting process that allowed people to designate a second and third choice.

Thirty-five people ran to replace three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak, who didn’t seek re-election. Hodges’ closest rival was former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew. He conceded Wednesday night.

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Hodges’ campaign spokesman Aaron Wells said she gave a victory speech Wednesday night. He said she planned to meet with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today to talk about future plans.

City workers worked until midnight Wednesday and eliminated 14 candidates. They will resume this morning.