Voting in Savage 2018

Voters in Savage cast their ballots at City Hall in the Nov. 6 election. Scott County’s voter turnout set a record for midterm elections.

A record number of Scott County voters cast ballots in the midterm election Tuesday, according to early, unofficial results.

Just over 77 percent of the 85,649 registered voters in the county came to the polls Nov. 6, according to Scott County Auditor Cindy Geis.

“Our turnout has never been higher than 52 percent for a midterm,” she said.

The county had a 93 percent turnout in the 2016 general election.

A total of 66,052 people voted Tuesday, although results are not considered official until they are reviewed by a canvassing board.

“Scott County had a really high turnout,” Geis said. “We’re super excited and hopefully that will continue in future elections.

She credited get-out-the-vote efforts from nonprofits, campaigns and government agencies for getting people to the polls.

The county had a few glitches early in the day with nine of their 158 Poll Pads, a new technology used to check in voters at the polls, Geis said, but the issues were resolved by about 8:30 a.m.

Scott voters go Republican in statewide, federal races

While DFL candidates found success in the state House of Representatives in Shakopee and Savage, a majority of county voters went Republican in most statewide and federal offices.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson carried the county with 51.8 percent of the votes to DFL Governor-elect Tim Walz’s 44.25 percent.

A majority of Scott County voters supported other statewide GOP candidates, all of whom lost Tuesday. The county went for Republican Secretary of State nominee John Howe over incumbent DFLer Steve Simon 53 percent to 44.5 percent, State Auditor nominee Pam Myhra over victorious DFLer Julie Blaha 52.4 percent to 39 percent, and GOP candidate Doug Wardlow over outgoing Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison 54.9 percent to 39 percent in the attorney general race.

For federal offices, Scott County voters mostly went Republican, but a majority did vote to give Democrat U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar a third term. She received 52 percent of the county vote, lower than her statewide 60 percent.

In the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, Scott County went for Republican Karin Housely with 51.7 percent of the vote to former Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s 43.5 percent. Smith won statewide by more than 10 points.

And in the 2nd Congressional District, Scott County voters stuck with incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis over DFLer Angie Craig by a 54.4 percent to 45.4 percent margin. Craig won the 2016 rematch with 52.6 percent of the vote to Lewis’ 47.1 percent.

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