It’s likely to have been due to his gender, but of the 40 Primary contests 23 in the House and 17 in the Senate and of the three contested House Primaries with DFL endorsed Incumbents, Rep John Lesch (DFL-66B, St Paul) was the only liability losing to Athena Hollins (DFL-66B, St Paul) by 961 votes Hollins 2813 or 54.65% to Lesch 1852 or 35.98% on election night. Now, with the acceptance of mailed Absentee Ballots to be counted from the two subsequent days after Tuesday’s election the final totals are in and margin grew to a 1,054 advantage for Hollins with 2974 or 54.69% to Lesch 1923 or 35.36. Note: We have added the totals for the final count and until the canvas this is what ultimately the result are..
As expected, it was unlikely the last batch of Absentee Ballots would overcome the nearly 1000 vote difference.
Another interesting note which also will change later in the number of votes in this race that were cast by Absentee Ballot, of the total 4665 votes cast in this race 66.18% were do by either Absentee or Mailed Ballot.
Additionally, in Ramsey County in its entirety when looking at the US Senate contests and considering all of the political parties (DFL, Republican, Legal Marijuana Now, and Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis) the total of Absentee/Mailed Ballots was 65.21%.