One unintended consequence of the new instant runoff voting system in Minneapolis — which means they won’t have a primary election there today — is fewer election parties at local restaurants.
Mayor R.T. Rybak could be home tonight, maybe watching Jay Leno, while his counterpart in St. Paul, Chris Coleman, will be with friends, families and supporters at Mancini’s, celebrating what’s sure to be a low-turnout victory. Among the happy folks on hand will be the Mancini brothers, pleased to have revelers on hand.
Coleman’s opponent, Eva Ng, is also expected to be celebrating tonight — for there will be two winners selected to go on to the November general election. Her party is at Fabulous Fern’s, meaning a little extra business for owner Charles Senkler.
Two other perennial candidates — Sharon Anderson and Bill Dahn — haven’t disclosed their poll-watching locations.
There are a few other primary elections today, including races for the St. Paul school board, city council spots in Bloomington, Maplewood, White Bear Lake and St. Louis Park, and mayors in Maplewood and White Bear Lake.