The late, late show in St. Louis County

The Star Tribune profiles the old Minnesota election day tradition of waiting for St. Louis County to report its results late at night. The Democratic bastion, which includes Duluth and much of the Iron Range, is the largest geographic county in the state and one of the most remote. The speeds on return time have actually improved since 2000, when I spent a very long night calling in election returns from the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth for the now-defunct Voter News Service. As more of the rural precincts acquire scanning machines, the speeds improve.

Nevertheless, it will be another late night as we all wait to see how big a DFL wave St. Louis County produces after results from the metro areas of the state have been recorded. This is only annoying in close elections … such as the last eight or nine.

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