Hudson Election Results: Duffy, Harsdorf, Knudson Win Re-election

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Votes % Sheila Harsdorf - i 51,377
Dan Olson 35,319
Write-in 111

1 precinct remaining: Village of Turtle Lake Ward 2B


Votes % Dean Knudson - i 17,219 55.8% Diane Odeen 13,633 44.2% Write-in 24 0.1%

All precincts reporting


Votes % Eric G. Johnson - i  36,880 98.2% Write-in 690 1.8%

All precincts reporting


Votes % Cindy Campbell - i 34,437 97.6% Write-in 860 2.4%

All precincts reporting


Votes % Laurie A. Noble - i  35,977 98.5% Write-in 541 1.5%

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Votes % Beth Pabst - i   34,038 97.7% Write-in 801 2.3%

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5 p.m.

Polls close in three hours. If you haven't gotten a chance to cast your ballot yet, get in line before 8. 

Once the polls close, come back here to find out who won all the races. We'll have election results of all the state legislature and county races right here on this post. We'll have results of the federal races as well. 



2:48 p.m.

In the Village of North Hudson, Chief Election Inspector Nancy Walz said that turnout has been high and volunteers have been processing voters "pretty much nonstop throughout the day."

Walz reported that as of 2:33 p.m., the village had processed 1,553 ballots, 411 of which came in ahead of Election Day via early and absentee voting.

Village Clerk Becky Milbrandt said that there was a high volume of voters early in the morning, and Walz said she expected another big rush of voters coming up in the after-work hours.


2:13 p.m.

The former library building at 901 Fourth St. houses three Democratic campaign offices, but all the action was happening in the building's lobby on Election Day.

St. Croix County Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Stori said large numbers of volunteers have been gathering there over the past few days to make get-out-the-vote phone calls and canvass neighborhoods. Today, some volunteers have even been giving some voters rides to their polling places.

"There are still people out there who only vote occasionally," Stori said. "And because we're in the Minnesota media market, there are a lot of people who don't know the local issues."

In all, Stori was pleased with the results of the volunteers' efforts.

"The numbers are exceeding our expectations," Stori said. "We're very optimistic."

Also at the Democratic headquarters were three 18-year-old first-time voters who graduated from Hudson High School earlier this year.

"I've been looking forward to this my entire life," said Joy Horn.

Horn said the issues that matter most to her are the economy, getting through college without a lot of debt, and being able to find a job.


1:34 p.m.

Volunteers at the GOP's Hudson Victory Center were just about to make their 3,000th call of the day at 1:25 p.m., according to volunteer Mary Yacoub.

"We started at 9 a.m., and we'll be making calls until the polls close tonight at 8," Yacoub said. "Then we're all headed to Kilkarney for the victory party."

If you're a voter who has identified as Republican, odds are you're get a call today from one of these volunteers reminding you that it's Election Day.


12:55 p.m.

The voting line at the United Methodist Church in Hudson has been holding steady at about 30-45 minutes for District 4 voters, while District 3 voters have a much shorter line, according to Election Inspector Joan Christopher. 

"It's a good, high turnout," Christopher said. "There hasn't been a lull all day. The line has been all the way to the door."

A lot of the District 3 voters are from Christian Community Homes and cast absentee ballots, Christopher said. 

As of 12:45 p.m., the two districts together had processed 1,434 ballots, 547 of which came in ahead of Election Day via early and absentee voting.


12:03 p.m.

Hudson Town Hall is by far the busiest polling place in Hudson on Election Day, but it also is the most efficient. 

Election volunteer Kernon Bast said that when he opened the doors at 7 a.m., the line stretched around the parking lot past the volleyball courts in the park next door. Less than an hour later there was no line at all.

Town of Hudson resident Tim Ecker, who works from home, went through the entire voting process in less than two minutes at 11:50 this morning, but he says his wife will have a much longer wait when she votes after work later today.

"We won't even come onto [County Road] A then, because it gets so bad," Ecker said. 

This year, rush hour congestion on County Road A will be amplified because the Stillwater Lift Bridge closure sends cars bound for Somerset and New Richmond directly past Hudson Town Hall.

As far as turnout goes, Chief Election Inspector JoAnn Wert said the Town of Hudson had taken in 2,798 ballots by 11:45 a.m., including 1,671 ballots from early and absentee voting.

"It's been comparable to other presidential elections," Wert said. "We always have really good voter turnout in the Town of Hudson." 


10:42 a.m.

LaVonne McCombie, an election inspector working at Hudson City Hall today, said that voter turnout has been very high for the city's Fifth District, but much less so for the First District. 

"There hasn't been a break all morning in District 5, and the line is still out the door," McCombie said. 

Normally, polling places see a rush of voters around the noon hour as people get away from their jobs to vote during lunch breaks, but McCombie is unsure whether that rush will come today.

"This day is not usual," she said.

As of 10:30 a.m., 539 ballots had been cast for District 5 and 435 had been cast in District 1. About half the votes so far were registered through absentee ballots or early voting before Election Day, according to McCombie.


9:30 a.m.

Are you proud that you did your civic duty at the polls today? I just published a post where you can upload a photo of yourself with your "I Voted" sticker.



8:14 a.m.

I got to the St. Croix County Government Center a few minutes before 7 a.m. and the line was already stretched from the building to the parking lot. It took me about 20 minutes of standing a cold (about 37 degrees) drizzle.

Once I got into the building it took another 10 minutes before I had cast my votes. I was Voter No. 363 in the City of Hudson's Sixth District at about 7:30 a.m.

After I voted, I drove around to the other five polling locations in Hudson. It appeared to me that none of the other polling places had people waiting in line outside, except for maybe at Hudson Town Hall. But that lined seemed to be moving very quickly and people seemed to be getting into the building within less than a minute of getting in line.

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Micheal Foley November 06, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I was Voter No. 363 in the City of Hudson's Sixth District at about 7:30 a.m. I had to wait in line about 20 minutes outside and 10 minutes inside at the Government Center.
Cheryl McCarten November 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I live in District 2 and went after work about 1:30. The line outside the govt. center was about halfway down the sidewalk toward the curb. Not 30 seconds went by and volunteers were calling for people who still needed to register and also people from District 2, so off I went. Apparently everyone from my district had already voted (or would be later) because I was "the line." A few minutes later I had my voting sticker and was on my way! What an honor it is to vote!


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