Voters cast their ballots

Voters breezed through lines at the Milaca City Hall shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Millions of Americans followed the presidential election coverage this past Tuesday, Nov. 6 and all eyes were on Florida as it flickered from red to blue it a hotly contested race.

As of publication Tuesday night, President Barrack Obama secured an estimated 238 electoral votes to Gov. Mitt Romney’s 191, with polling places in the western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California still open.

Minnesota was called for President Obama with just 12 percent of precincts reporting. The incumbent Democrat president had earned 54 percent of the popular vote in the state to Romney’s 44 percent.

One election that was called early on — just an hour an a half after polls closed at 8 p.m. in Minnesota — was the reelection of Democrat U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Her GOP challenger Kurt Bills issued a spirited concession speech as many votes remained uncounted. Sen. Klobuchar’s early and demanding lead of 67 percent of reporting precincts was enough for the Associated Press and her opponent to call it before the final ballots were tabulated.

In the race for U.S. Representative District 8, Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack had 42.79 percent  of the vote to DFL challenger Rick Nolan’s 56.97 percent, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Office. Only 3 percent of precincts had reported results by time of publication.

With a similar slim margin of reporting precincts, in District 15 Republican state Sen. Dave Brown had nearly 58 percent of the vote to DFL challenger Sally Knox’s 42 percent.

No results were available for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 15A race between Republican incumbent state Sen. Sondra Erickson and her DFL opponent Joe Walsh.

Mille Lacs County and Milaca municipal election results were also not yet tallied at 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

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