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Images from Election Day 2012 in Minnesota

Polls opened early and returns came in late. In between, MinnPost contributing photographers captured Minnesotans voting, doing some last-minute campaigning, cheering, commiserating and even crowd-surfing.

Outside the polling place at Bethel Christian Fellowship HallMinnPost photo by Corey AndersonOutside the polling place at Bethel Christian Fellowship Hall in the Snelling-Hamline neighborhood of St. Paul minutes after the polls opened Tuesday morning.


The line outside the Whittier Park polling place
MinnPost photo by Craig LassigThe line outside the Whittier Park polling place in Minneapolis at 9:44 am.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar and family reviewing their ballots
MinnPost photo by Bill KelleySen. Amy Klobuchar and family review their ballots at the Marcy Holmes School polling place in Minneapolis.


"Vote No" advocates campaigning
MinnPost photo by Karl Pearson-Cater"Vote No" advocates campaign at the entrance to the I-394 ramp on the edge of downtown Minneapolis.


Pat Buffham, left with wine glass, and Carol Sutton, right
MinnPost photo by Craig LassigPat Buffham, left with wine glass, and Carol Sutton, right, both of Minnetonka, watch the early returns at the Republican Party of Minnesota election-night party in Bloomington.


Dan McGrath, executive director of Take Action
MinnPost photo by Terry GydesenDan McGrath, executive director of Take Action, speaks after the defeat of the Voter ID ballot initiative.


Republican Kurt Bills, surrounded by his family
MinnPost photo by Craig LassigRepublican Kurt Bills, surrounded by his family, delivers his concession speech on Tuesday night.


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's mom, Lorraine
MinnPost photo by Bill KelleyMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's mom, Lorraine, surfs the crowd at the DFL election party.


Opponents of the proposed marriage amendment celebrating
MinnPost photo by Terry GydesenOpponents of the proposed marriage amendment celebrates at a gathering at River Centre in St. Paul.


Rep. Chip Cravaack meets with supporters
MinnPost photo by Paul WalshRep. Chip Cravaack meets with supporters after his concession speech at a party in Hinckley.


DFL Sen. Tom Bakk greets the DFL crowd
MinnPost photo by Bill KelleyDFL Sen. Tom Bakk greets the DFL crowd at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul.


Cheers erupt at the DFL partyMinnPost photo by Bill KelleyCheers erupt at the DFL party as President Obama is declared the winner of the presidential race.

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