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Secretary of State Ritchie foresees massive Election Day turnout

Given the large number of people filing to run for political offices and the overflow crowds at caucuses this year, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is predicting a massive voter turnout this fall.

Ritchie said there’s so much political enthusiasm in the state that he believes more than 80 percent of the state’s eligible voters will go to the polls on Election Day. That percentage hasn’t been hit since 1956.

Ritchie made the prediction after the close of the filing period Tuesday. Eighteen people each paid $400 for the right to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Norm Coleman — including seven DFLers and seven more from the Independence Party.

There are 25 candidates competing for the eight U.S. House seats. In state House races, 314 candidates filing to run for 134 Minnesota House seats.

A listing of all candidates in all races can be found at the Secretary of State’s site: here.

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