Thune Wins St. Paul’s First Ranked Choice Voting Runoff

St. Paul City Councilman Dave Thune failed to get a majority of votes in last week’s election. but today he prevailed over four other challengers when the votes were reallocated as part of ranked choice voting. Thune came up with more than the 2,682 votes needed to win after low vote-getters Sharon Anderson, Cynthia Schanno and Jim Ivey were eliminated and their votes awarded to voters second, third, fourth or fifth choice candidates. Bill Hosko was the second place finisher. In the first round he was third.

Final totals:
Dave Thune 2,870
Bill Hosko 2,064

The above video is an archive of The UpTake’s livestream of the counting from the Ramsey County Elections office starting at 8:30 am. Beyond showing the counting and bringing you the results as announced, we spoke with Ramsey County Elections Official Joe Mansky and FairVote Minnesota’s Jeanne Massey, whose group has been a long time advocate of ranked choice voting.

Video: Elections Manager Joe Mansky explains how the ranked choice runoff counting works. He says it is like a recount, but isn’t. There are no challenges allowed.

Fair Vote Minnesota’s Jeanne Massey on the runoff counting

More interviews about the runoff count

 

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