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Minnesota News Roundup: Both proposed amendments were defeated

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Many Minnesotans remain firmly divided even after both proposed amendments to the state Constitution were voted down during the elections. The marriage amendment, recognizing marriage solely between a man and woman -- and the Voter Photo-I-D measure, were both defeated by similar margins on Tuesday. In both cases, nearly one-and-a-half-million Minnesotans voted "no."

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A quick look at winners in Tuesday's election. President Obama was re-elected to a second term in office, telling supporters in Chicago "the best is yet to come." Among Minnesotans re-elected during Tuesday's voting: U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar, representatives Tim Walz, John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and by the thinnest of margins, Michele Bachmann. Chip Cravaack was defeated in his 8th-District run for re-election by Rick Nolan.

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A breakdown of Minnesota voting on Tuesday shows heavy support for President Obama throughout the Iron Range, Twin cities, southeastern and portions of western Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports Obama gained a 53-percent share of Minnesota votes while challenger Mitt Romney picked up 45-percent.

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Voters in Tuesday's election returned control of both the Minnesota House and Senate to Democrats, a quick reversal of the stunning upset of two years ago. We asked Checks-and-balances-dot-com analyst Shawn Towle if that means Governor Dayton's top bracket income tax increase, or something similar, becomes law. He says "definitely" and that Democrats "have the opportunity to write their own ticket." Republicans have long argued that a top bracket income tax increase will hurt job creation. But they likely won't have enough votes in the 2013 session to block the governor's initiative.

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