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Precinct Results: How Northfield Voted for Federal, State Races

It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates.

It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates.

In the 2008 presidential election, then-DFL candidate Barack Obama won each of Northfield's nine precincts by a large margin. Overall, he collected 71.8 percent of the 10,860 votes cast in his race against Republican candidate John McCain.

In 2010, DFLers Kevin Dahle and David Bly easily carried Northfield but lost their re-election bid for the Minnesota Senate and House, respectively, to their Republican counterparts.

It'll be no surprised that the DFL momentum continued in Northfield for this year's election. No DFL candidate on the ballot received fewer than 65 percent of the vote.

For the 2012 election, we've broken down how Northfield's eight precincts voted in these races:

  • President: Barack Obama* and Mitt Romney
  • U.S. Senate: Amy Klobuchar* and Kurt Bills
  • U.S. Congresssional District 2: Mike Obermueller and John Kline*
  • Senate District 20: Kevin Dahle and Mike Dudley
  • House District 20B: David Bly and Brian Wermerskirchen
  • Constitutional amendments

The proposed amendments were:

Recognition of Marriage Amendment (Amendment 1)

  • A yes or no question: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota? Marriage between two gay individuals is not currently recognized by Minnesota law. A ballot cast with no vote on this question will count as a "no" vote. This amendment would also invalidate common-law marriages for straight couples.

Voter Identification Amendment (Amendment 2)

  • A yes or no question: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?

Both proposed amendments needed a majority in the "yes" column from the statewide vote to pass. Neither did. In Northfield, there was a strong movement behind the "Vote No" campaign that opposed the proposed marriage amendment.  

* Denotes incumbent Results are unofficial and updated as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

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How Northfield Voted for Federal, State Races


1-1 1-2 2-1 2-2 3-1 3-2 4-1 4-2 Total % Barack Obama (D) 1,003 1,285 778 861 1,075 484 1,032 1,051 7,569 67.67 Mitt Romney (R) 95 733 529 609 494 277 304 266 3,307 29.57 Other 47 32 37 39 29 15 39 71 309 2.76








11,185 Amy Klobuchar (D) 957 1,466 913 974 1,139 566 1,089 894 8,372 76.57 Kurt Bills (R) 60 488 350 424 319 175 192 180 2,188 20.01 Other 37 47 40 66 64 15 36 69 374 3.42 10,934 Mike Obermueller (D) 934 1,191 720 785 942 449 952 769 6,742 65.29 John Kline (R) 90 812 585 664 572 282 331 229 3,565 34.52 Other 6 0 1 1 4 1 2 4 19 0.18 10,326 Kevin Dahle (D) 944 1,308 820 897 1,051 X 1,004 729 6,753 71.03 Mike Dudley (R) 67 703 487 565 469 X 280 173 2,744 28.86 Other 4 0 0 1 2 X 2 1 10 0.11 9,507 David Bly (D) 921 1,285 798 843 1,037 X 988 732 6,604 70.44 Brian Wermerskirchen (R) 73 704 488 601 466 X 272 157 2,761 29.45 Other 3 0 3 1 3 X 1 0 11 0.12 9,376 Amendment 1—Yes 55 633 508 585 526 248 326 142 3,018 26.9 Amendment 1—No 1,081 1,404 824 919 1,036 515 1,027 1,230 8,036 71.62 Amendment 1—Blank 18 17 15 15 39 13 29 21 167 1.49 11,221 Amendment 2—Yes 110 653 552 624 503 259 316 247 3,264 29.08 Amendment 2—No 1,013 1,384 775 877 1,062 502 1,033 1,071 7,717 68.74 Amendment 2—Blank 31 17 20 18 36 15 33 75 245 2.18   11,226

All results were obtained from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website or City of Northfield website.

Julie Klassen November 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
It would be great if you would include the surrounding township results.
Corey Butler Jr. November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Julie, is there a specific township and race or races you're interested in for results? I could help answer that, though I don't know if I'll have time today to add to the above table. Otherwise, if you're interested in playing around on the Secretary of State website, this link should give you a good start: http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/ENR/Select/CountyPrecinctSelect/1?id=pcountyid&districtid=66

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