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Associated Press, Published November 05 2013

Hodges leads Minneapolis mayoral race

ST. PAUL — Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges is the early leader in the race to be the next mayor of Minnesota's largest city.

Hodges led comfortably Tuesday night as returns were nearly complete, but the city's ranked-choice voting system meant no winner was expected to be declared until Wednesday at the earliest.

Hodges had nearly 36 percent of the vote with nearly all the city's precincts reporting, with former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew well back at 25 percent. City election officials will eliminate losing candidates and award second- and third-place choices to the remaining candidates until a winning candidate has more than 50 percent of the vote.

Tuesday's ballot listed 35 candidates for mayor, many of them fringe candidates who paid a small filing fee to get on the ballot.

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