UPDATED: Keith Ellison Wins Re-Election Bid
Ellison will be returning to Washington for another term.
Last Update: 7:30 a.m. Nov. 7, 2012
With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Rep. Keith Ellison received 74.27 percent of the vote, re-electing him to a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
After what turned out to be a contentious and heated race, incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison defeated Republican challenger Chris Fields Tuesday night. This will be Ellison's fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
NBC, ABC and CBS called the race around 10 p.m. with roughly 29 percent of precincts reporting. Ellison was sitting at nearly 65 percent of the vote.
Ellison's victory comes just a few weeks after engaging in a heated debate with Fields at KFAI Radio, where he called Fields a "low-life scumbag" and a liar. While Ellison apologized for his outburst, Patch readers expressed mixed feelings on the incident on a variety of article postings. Ultimately, the incident didn't seem to sway voters.
More election results can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Patch will update readers with final voting numbers when they become available. Patch will also continue its coverage of local, state and national races in the coming days.