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    Sep 10th, 2008


    Results from Congressional District 06 for U.S. Representative

    Number of Registered Voters as of 7 AM 09-09-08: 425,620
    Precincts Reporting: 100.00% (318 of 318)

    Republican
    Michele Bachmann    18,991   85.97%
    Aubrey Immelman      3,126    14.13%

    Democratic-Farmer-Labor
    El Tinklenberg            17,399

    Independence
    Bob Anderson                 825

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    In summary, Rep. Bachmann received a plurality (47.1%), but not a majority, of the vote, with 18,999 votes for and 21,350 against. Thus, the Sixth District appears to remain competitive, though it’s risky to draw strong conclusions from such an unrepresentative primary election sample, in which 385,279 voters (90.5%) chose not to vote.

    I had hoped to be able to mobilize an anti-incumbent coalition in the Sixth District, but clearly that’s no easy task when less than 10 percent of registered voters exercise their right to vote and so few of those who do are willing to cross party lines and vote strategically.

    But that’s politics.

    In conclusion, I want to thank all of those who came out to support me at the polls.

    And finally, I congratulate Rep. Bachmann on her win.

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    UPDATE

    Results from Minnesota CD 06 for U.S. Representative (Certified)

    Number of Registered Voters as of 7 AM 09-09-08: 425,609
    Precincts Reporting: 100.00% (318 of 318)

    Republican
    Michele Bachmann     19,127   (85.9%)    [47.15%]
    Aubrey Immelman       3,134   (14.1%)       [7.73%]

    Democratic-Farmer-Labor
    El Tinklenberg             17,474   (100%)    [43.08%]

    Independence
    Bob Anderson                  828   (100%)      [2.04%]

    Note: Numbers in square brackets signify candidates’ percentage of the 40,563 vote total.

    In summary, out of 40,563 votes cast, Rep. Bachmann received a plurality (47.2%), but not a majority, of the vote, with 19,127 votes for and 21,436 against. Thus, the Sixth District appears to remain competitive for Democrats. However, it should also be noted that the 22,261 combined vote total of the two Republican candidates comprised 54.9% of the vote. Ultimately, I would caution against drawing strong conclusions from an unrepresentative primary election sample, in which 385,046 voters (90.5%) chose not to vote.

    Results-2_09-09-2008.jpg Watching the Election Returns picture by Rifleman-Al
    Watching the election returns with my wife Pam (center) and supporter Nancy Carver at Rumors Bar & Grill, Little Rock Lake, Sept. 9, 2008.

    Interesting screen shot, by Liberal in the Land of Conservative, of the first returns reported by the Secretary of State at 9:07 p.m.

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    IN THE MEDIA

    Bachmann Takes 6th District GOP Primary

    Larger view
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., explains the need for more oil drilling and production during a July 7, 2008 news conference. Bachmann won the GOP endorsement for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. (Photo credit: Tim Pugmire / MPR)

    By Tim Pugmire
    Minnesota Public Radio
    September 10, 2008

    St. Paul, Minn. – Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann easily won the 6th District GOP primary on Tuesday.

    Bachmann, a first-term incumbent, defeated GOP challenger Aubrey Immelman, an associate professor of psychology at St. John’s University.

    Immelman, a first-time candidate, did not accept any campaign contributions. He walked across the congressional district last month to draw attention to his campaign. …

    Bachmann now faces DFL candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg, the state transportation commissioner.

    Bob Anderson is also running in the 6th District as an Independence Party candidate. …

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    LET THEM EAT CAKE

    CampaignCakeBeth_09-10-2008.jpg
    “Good Try! 14%” — Nine-year-old Elizabeth presents me with a cake on behalf of my family to welcome me home from the campaign trail.

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