Hodges still leads mayoral race

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Nov 7, 2013 at 4:10 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More rounds of vote counting are underway at Minneapolis City Hall as the state's largest city looks to elect a new mayor.

Democratic City Council member Betsy Hodges held a wide lead but was still short Wednesday of the threshold needed to win. The city uses a ranked-choice voting process that allowed people to designate a second and third choice.

Based on the number of total votes, the winner must secure 39,708 votes. Hodges was more than 10,000 shy. Candidates with no chance will be dropped and their ballots will be reallocated based on secondary choices. Thirty-five people ran to replace three-term Mayor R.T. Rybak, who didn't seek re-election.

Hodges' closest rival was former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew. He acknowledged Tuesday night it would be hard to catch Hodges.

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