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East Hennepin district voters: coffee and hit the polls

The tables at Taraccino, a popular neighborhood coffee bar in Minneapolis’ East Hennepin district, were strangely empty and lacking the usual chatter early Tuesday morning, but the shop didn’t lack for customers. People streamed in to order their coffee, then fled to the polls.

“A lot of faces I’d never seen before,” said barista Serie Brown. “They were talking about what an historic day this is.”

She feels it, too, she said. “It’s a huge deal, not only the first African-American but the country is so polarized, and there’s so much change that needs to happen — and to think it could actually happen. I’m so scared to be optimistic.”

Brown got teary talking about the death of Barack Obama’s grandmother. “One more day and she could have seen history.”

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