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Coverage of the much awaited elections and results, syndicated from ScribbleLive's US-Elections Polling Widgets and the Minnesota Public Radio.

  • The Latest: Trump hustled off stage in Nev. amid disturbance


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):

    9:20 p.m.

    Donald Trump was rushed off stage by the Secret Service during a rally in Nevada but returned within minutes.

    The Republican nominee had been speaking to supporters in Reno for a while when a disturbance broke out in the crowd close to the podium.

    Two Secret Service agents quickly surrounded Trump, then hustled him off stage.

    The nature of the disturbance was unclear. But several security officials escorted a man out of the venue soon afterward.

    Upon his return, Trump thanked the Secret Service.

    He told the crowd: "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us. But we will never be stopped. Never ever be stopped."

    9 p.m.

    Donald Trump is accusing officials of wrongly keeping polling sites open late in Nevada's Clark Country in order to boost Democratic early-voting turnout.

    There appears to be no evidence that is the case.

    Trump is making a last-minute visit to the battleground state, drawing thousands of supporters to a rally at a Reno convention center.

    Trump is also sounding confident about his chances in the state, despite a surge in early-voting by Democrats and Latinos that has Democrats feeling optimistic.

    Trump says, "They didn't get the kind of vote that they needed to stop us on Tuesday."

    Trump is also going after Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, calling him "Crazy Harry."

    And he's continuing to mock his rival Hillary Clinton's star-studded get-out-the-vote events, saying that she needs to appear alongside celebrities or else nobody will attend her events.


    8:45 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is wooing Pennsylvania voters with a free performance by pop star Katy Perry.

    Clinton is telling a crowd gathered at Philadelphia's Mann Center that it's "all on the line" on Election Day.

    She says, "I want you to say I voted for a better, fairer stronger America."

    Perry took the stage to the song "Nasty." She has been a big supporter of Clinton throughout the presidential race and opened with her song "Roar," which has become an anthem for Clinton's campaign.

    Perry says, "Tuesday's going to be fun, but Wednesday is going to be better."


    5 p.m.

    Tim Kaine says some employees at the FBI are "actively working" to support Republican Donald Trumpand the agency has suffered a "massive blow" to its reputation.

    The Democratic vice presidential nominee says in an interview with Fusion that the FBI had become a "leaky sieve" and some of its employees have improperly worked to leak information harmful to running mate Hillary Clinton.

    FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week that the bureau is looking into newly uncovered Clinton emails. Comey's letter to lawmakers didn't say whether investigators are likely to turn up anything of note.

    Kaine criticized Comey's decision, but said he does not think Comey is trying to influence the election. Instead, Kaine said some of Comey's politically motivated subordinates may have forced his hand.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/6/2016 1:54:41 AM
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  • Early voter turnout: Good for Clinton?
    NYT: "Hispanic voters in key states surged to cast their ballots in the final days of early voting this weekend, a demonstration of political power that lifted Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes and threatened to block off Donald J. Trump’s path to the White House."

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 10:35:00 PM
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  • Trump pressing into Democratic territory in final days

    Rather than hunkering down in must-win Florida this weekend, Trump flew Saturday to Democratic-leaning territory: Wilmington, North Carolina, then Reno, Nevada, and Denver. Trump is expected at a rally in Minnesota Sunday afternoon.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 9:22:38 PM
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  • Trump to campaign in Minnesota Sunday

    Associated Press

    Donald Trump is scheduling a last-minute stop in Minnesota as he tries to make inroads into traditional Democratic strongholds during the final frenzied days of the race.

    Trump is also expected to campaign in Pennsylvania and Michigan, two other traditionally Democratic states.

    Trump says, "We're going into what they used to call Democrat strongholds where we're now either tied or leading."

    Minnesota hasn't cast its electoral votes for a Republican since 1972.

    A Republican hasn't won Michigan or Pennsylvania since 1988.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 9:20:22 PM
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  • The Latest: Obama criticizes Toomey over ad in Senate race


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):

    3:30 p.m.

    President Barack Obama is pushing back against Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's use of the Democrat's words in a campaign ad for his Senate race.

    Obama responded Saturday to a Toomey campaign TV ad that shows Obama speaking outside the White House in 2013 and thanking Toomey for his courage in backing a gun control bill, despite its failure. The ad is running in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

    In a statement to The Associated Press, Obama says courage is telling voters "where you stand on the tough issues." Obama also criticized Toomey for refusing to say whether he'll vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    Toomey is working to win over moderate voters in his too-close-to-call race against Democrat Katie McGinty in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.


    2:30 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is telling young people in a conference call with primary rival Bernie Sanders that it's "all hands on deck now."

    She says millennials "will decide this election" and is urging them to vote. She's asking them to do phone banking in their dorm rooms and canvass neighborhoods in the final days.

    Sanders said on the call that Clinton will bring the country together and the stakes are high for policy issues like climate change. He says "the future of the planet is at stake."


    2 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is going prime-time on the eve of the election.

    Her campaign says she'll do a two-minute national TV commercial Monday night, running during the NBC program "The Voice" and "Kevin Can Wait" on CBS.

    Altogether, her campaign expects the ad to be seen by a combined audience of 20 million.

    Earlier Saturday, her campaign debuted a battleground-state ad to run through Election Day in nearly a dozen states. It's set to the Katy Perry song, "Roar."


    1:50 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is cutting a speech in South Florida short, after a sudden downpour. She told the soaked crowd, "You're a hardy bunch" and asked them to "vote for the future."

    Clinton left the stage after speaking for seven minutes. The event is expected to be her last in Florida, where her campaign has been encouraged by high levels of early voting among Latinos. About 60 percent of the state is expected to cast ballots before the election Tuesday.

    She's heading to Philadelphia, where she's hosting an event with pop star Katy Perry.

    Also in Florida, her running mate, Tim Kaine, urged supporters to take advantage of the last day of early voting in the state.

    He told a rally in Fort Myers that early voting helps Clinton decide where to spend time and money in the final days.


    Melania Trump is back campaigning for her husband.

    She joined him Saturday in Wilmington, North Carolina, telling supporters the country needs a president who will keep the nation safe, lower taxes and bring back jobs.

    Earlier this week, in Philadelphia, she delivered her first speech since the Republican National Convention.

    She says she had so much fun she "decided to do it again."


    1:15 p.m.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, have joined together in a sign of Republican unity.

    They appeared at a rally Saturday in Wisconsin's most conservative county — a month after Ryan said he would no longer defend or campaign with Trump.

    Both Pence and Ryan said it's time for Republicans to "come home" and vote for Trump. Pence heaped praise on Ryan, calling him a friend and great conservative leader.

    Just days earlier, Pence refused to say whether he thought Ryan should be re-elected as speaker.


    1 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton is courting voters in a Haitian-American neighborhood of Miami.

    She told cheering supporters holding Creole campaign signs that Haiti has been close to her heart for a long time. She urged them to get to the polls to vote.

    Her husband helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the country as a United Nations special envoy after the 2010 earthquake. Hillary Clinton visited multiple times as secretary of state and her family foundation has been involved with aid programs in the country.

    Some Haitian-Americans question the success of the Clintons' relief efforts and blame them for some of Haiti's corruption.___


    11:50 a.m.

    Hillary Clinton is stopping by an early voting location in Miami to encourage her supporters to cast their ballots as soon as possible.

    The Democratic nominee visited the West Miami community center where Florida Sen. Marco Rubio voted earlier this week for himself and, he implied, Donald Trump.

    Clinton was accompanied by singer and actor Jencarlos Canela, and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.

    Columbian dancers were among the supporters who turned out to cheer Clinton.

    She is making a final swing through Florida before Tuesday's election. A majority of voters in the state are expected to cast their ballots before Election Day.


    10:40 a.m.

    Donald Trump is bragging that he doesn't need celebrities like Jay Z to fill up arenas.

    Trump tells a Tampa, Florida, rally that when it comes to drawing crowds, he does it the old-fashioned way, by appealing to supporters drawn to his message. He's contrasting his events with the star-studded rallies of Hillary Clinton in the final weekend before the election Tuesday.


    10:30 a.m.

    Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence says Hillary Clinton "personifies" the failed status quo.

    The Indiana governor told a crowd of hundreds in Holland, Michigan, on Saturday morning that Donald Trump would push "commonsense conservative principles" if elected president. It is Pence's third consecutive day of campaigning in Michigan, which has not backed a Republican nominee in 28 years. Trump is hoping to change that Tuesday.

    Pence is urging Republicans in conservative-leaning western Michigan to "come home" to the Republican candidate to keep Clinton from shaping the Supreme Court.

    Pence is set to also campaign in Wisconsin and Virginia on Saturday.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 9:19:15 PM
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  • Secretary of State news release:
    What voters need to know on Election Day
    Voting hours, polling locations, what’s on the ballot, voter rights, and more!
    SAINT PAUL — Today, Secretary of State Steve Simon is reminding Minnesotans about the resources available to all eligible voters as they prepare to head to the polls and vote on Election Day, November 8.
    “I encourage all eligible Minnesotans to make their voices heard and vote on November 8,” said Secretary Simon. “Any Minnesotan with questions about where they vote, what’s on their ballot, or their rights as a voter should visit mnvotes.org for all their voting needs. Together we can return Minnesota to number one in voter turnout in the country.”
    Absentee Ballot Reminder
    As a reminder, Minnesotans voting absentee by mail must make sure their ballot is returned on or before November 8. Ballots returned after November 8 will not be counted. The last day to vote absentee in-person is Monday, November 7. Minnesotans can check the status of their absentee ballot here. 
    When do polls open on November 8?
    Most polling locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 8. Remember, as long as you're in line by 8 p.m., you can vote, even if you do not reach the front of the line until after 8 p.m.
    Where do I vote on November 8?
    Minnesotans can find out where to vote in a variety of ways: 
    • Minnesotans can visit mnvotes.org and use the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Finder
    • Minnesotans can use websites such as Google—which has been provided all of Minnesota’s polling locations—as well as other polling place locators typically offered by outside organizations, political parties, or campaigns. 
    • Minnesotans can call the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Line at (651) 215-1440 (Metro Area), 1-877-600-VOTE (8683) (Greater Minnesota), or 711 (Minnesota Relay Service) or call their county or city election office. 
    Registering to vote on Election Day
    Eligible voters who are not already registered to vote are able to register at the polling place on Election Day, November 8. To register on Election Day, voters will need to bring any of the approved documents that provide proof of residency. This can be an ID with a current name and address, such as a valid Minnesota driver’s license; or a photo ID along with a document showing your current name and address, such as a U.S. Passport and a phone bill dated within 30 days of the election. 
    For a complete list of the approved identification documents needed to register and will be accepted on Election Day, click here. 
    What’s on my ballot?
    Minnesotans can view the candidates and races that will appear on their ballot using the “My Ballot” tool at mnvotes.org. This information can also be accessed through Google. 
    Polling Place Rules
    There are many rules that voters must abide by in the polling place: 
    • In the polling place, only authorized people can be present during voting hours, such as voters and their minor children, poll workers, and someone assisting a voter. People may not gather or linger in the polling place or within 100 feet of the building.
    • Minnesota law does not authorize poll watchers, only appointed poll challengers. For information on how to qualify as a poll challenger, click here. 
    • Minnesota law does allow a voter to challenge another voter’s eligibility, if and only if they have personal knowledge of that voter’s ineligibility.
    • Campaigning is not allowed and political materials cannot be worn.
    • While there is no law that strictly prohibits taking photos or videos in the polling place to record your own voting experience, any photo taken may not include another voter or be shown to other voters at the poll.  Please keep in mind that taking extra time to take photos may slow down voting lines.  
    For a complete list of polling place rules, click here.
    Voter Rights
    Voters in Minnesota have many rights, including:
    • Minnesotans have a right to take time off work to vote without losing pay, personal leave, or vacation time.
    • Minnesotans have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth.
    • Minnesotans have the right to ask for help in the polling place.
    • Minnesotans have the right to bring their minor children with them to vote.
    • Minnesotans have the right to a replacement ballot if they make a mistake on their ballot before they cast it.
    For a complete list of Minnesota voter rights, click here. 
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 9:03:01 PM
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  • Why do we vote where we vote in Minnesota?

    When Minnesotans head to the polls Tuesday, they'll cast their ballots in town halls, churches, schools and rec centers, fire stations, public housing high rises, senior centers — and in some cases, ice rinks. But why?
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 5:36:36 PM
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  • "Early Voted today! In and out with no lines. So easy. My location is even open on Saturday. There's just no excuse," Sandy from Minneapolis. How was your voting experience? #tellmpr

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 5:07:21 PM
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  • The chilling story of how Trump took hate groups mainstream

    Mother Jones: "A three-month investigation by Mother Jones and the Investigative Fund—including interviews with white nationalist leaders and an analysis of social-media networks, nearly 100 hours of fringe talk radio, and dozens of posts on influential hate sites—reveals that what has largely been portrayed by the media as Trump "gaffes" has instead been understood by far-right extremists as a warm embrace by Trump. Extremists' zeal for Trump only grew with his decision in August to hire a new campaign chief, Stephen Bannon, the former publisher of Breitbart News and a big booster himself of far-right rhetoric. Trump's enduring campaign tactics—from calls for black protesters to be "roughed up" to the circulation of racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic language and memes—is proof for them that white nationalism has not only arrived, but has found a champion in a major-party nominee for president of the United States."
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 4:54:14 PM
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  • Experts warn of Election Day cyberattacks

    Nearly all 50 states have asked for federal assistance in protecting their voting systems and Ohio has asked the National Guard for help.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 4:53:55 PM
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    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 4:43:01 PM
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  • When Ryan came to MN late in 2012 for Romney-led ticket he was joined by major figures on state R ticket. Who flanks Trump on stage Sun?
  • Trump cancels Sunday Wisconsin stop


    MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) -- Donald Trump has canceled a Sunday rally in Wisconsin.

    Trump's campaign spokesman Matt Schuck said Saturday that the rally was canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Trump was to have been in West Allis, outside of Milwaukee, around the same time that the Green Bay Packers game was kicking off.

    Trump's running mate Mike Pence is in Wisconsin on Saturday at a rally for Sen. Ron Johnson in Mukwonago. And Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine was to make a series of stops in Wisconsin on Sunday at Democratic campaign headquarters.

    A Marquette University Law School poll this week showed Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump in Wisconsin by 6 points.

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/5/2016 3:36:39 PM
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  • With no-excuse absentee, scores of Minnesotans have already voted

    More than 400,000 people in Minnesota have already cast absentee ballots, which includes early voting. This is the first presidential election where voters didn't need an excuse to vote absentee, and the result already surpasses the 2012 total of 267,000.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 10:22:51 PM
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  • Born before women could vote, 100-year-old is excited to see a woman on the ballot

    "What's the difference? She wears pants the same as the men do. She wears a pantsuit, and the men wear a pantsuit," Eleanor Gantman, 100, said. "Why should there be any doubt?"
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 7:54:07 PM
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  • Wisconsin Sen. Johnson urges votes to avoid Minnesota-like recount

    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson urged Republicans on Friday to vote for him in Wisconsin's tight Senate race to avoid a recount like Minnesota had in 2008 that put Democrat Al Franken in office.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 7:06:52 PM
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  • That knock at the door? Probably a Minnesota legislative candidate

    With campaign season headed into its final weekend, Minnesota legislative candidates are going door-to-door hoping to close the deal with voters. The effort is especially intense for two open seats in the Twin Cities suburbs.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 6:49:55 PM
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  • Re-emerging on campaign trail, Melania Trump pledges to fight online bullying

    Trump headlined a campaign rally for her husband in suburban Pennsylvania Thursday, the first time she has given a speech since the Republican Convention.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 5:48:31 PM
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  • Counter Stories: On knowing your voting rights, helping teach others

    In this month's Counter Stories, co-hosts address a variety of experiences they've either felt or seen while voting or trying to vote as well as several statutes and resources available to anybody who needs them.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 5:10:38 PM
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  • Polarization, lack of productivity likely to reign after Election Day

    With no clear mandate likely to come out of 2016, there's little reason to be optimistic the next Congress can get much done, a scenario that has gripped Washington in recent years.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 3:08:34 PM
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  • Just in time for the election, it's family feud! With a twist: reconciliation

    It's a tale as old as time: Father is conservative, daughter is liberal -- and family gatherings almost always descend into bickering.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 12:57:11 PM
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  • In campus free speech debate, nobody's really winning

    An incident at the University of Minnesota has become a flashpoint in the simmering debate over free speech on college campuses playing out across the state and nationwide this election season.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 10:08:53 AM
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  • 7 questions about that ballot question you may have missed

    You may have missed it, but there's a proposed constitutional amendment on the Minnesota ballot Tuesday. Here's some background on what it would do.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 10:08:53 AM
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  • Minnesota's undocumented college students wait, worry as election nears

    Some of the nearly 6,000 young, undocumented immigrants in Minnesota living under two-year reprieves from deportation are now in college. But that temporary protection could end depending on who wins the presidency.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 10:08:53 AM
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  • Headed out to vote? Keep a few things in mind before you go

    Election Day is closing in and whether you're an old pro at the polling booth or voting for the first time, you'll want to arrive prepared.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/4/2016 8:00:23 AM
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  • Hennepin County smashes previous absentee ballot record days before deadline

    The number of absentee ballots cast by mail or in person in Hennepin County so far this year, more than 134,000, has already surpassed a previous high mark of 82,000, according to a county elections official.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 11:27:39 PM
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  • 8 is enough for Supreme Court, some Senate Republicans suggest

    Having gone eight months without considering President Obama's nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans are now talking about stiffing any nominee.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 11:01:06 PM
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  • As Trump's odds of victory rise, financial markets get nervous

    Wall Street doesn't exactly love Hillary Clinton, but it knows what to expect from her. That's not true of Trump.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 10:54:45 PM
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  • Women set to make gains in Congress, but still have a long way to go

    More women are likely to hold seats in Congress than ever before after this election. But despite being a majority of the electorate, they'll still make up only about 20 percent of the next Congress.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 8:22:39 PM
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  • Obama tries to bridge a 'black enthusiasm gap' in Florida

    President Obama is making a final push for Hillary Clinton, campaigning in the key state of Florida on Thursday. The Clinton campaign hopes Obama can help bring African-American voters to the polls.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 8:22:39 PM
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  • 27 Minn. cities where you can vote for women all the way down the ballot

    Despite an overall lag in representation, there are some cities this year where voters can vote for women from the top of the ticket to the bottom -- president, U.S. representatives, state senators, state representatives, mayor and city council.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 5:05:32 PM
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  • Too many ballot measures? Just explain them in song

    Voting can be a lot of work - just ask California residents, who have 17 statewide and 650 local ballot measures to educate themselves about before next week's election.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 4:27:47 PM
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  • Absentee ballot changes for Trump looks unlikely

    Donald Trump is urging early voters for Hillary Clinton to change their ballots for him, but it's unlikely enough will heed his call to affect the presidential race.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/3/2016 3:39:35 PM
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