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Special election Tuesday for state House seat in Hibbing

Voters in the Hibbing area will vote tomorrow in a special election in District 5B to replace former Rep. Tony Sertich, who was appointed by Gov.

Voters in the Hibbing area will vote tomorrow in a special election in District 5B to replace former Rep. Tony Sertich, who was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to be head of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

It’s a three-way race between DFLer Carly Melin, Republican Paul Jacobson and Independence Party candidate Cynthia Kafut-Hagen.

But the Duluth paper notes, that if history is any gauge, the prominently DFL district will likely support Melin:

DFLers have generally won the race by better than 2-to-1 margins, including last November when incumbent Tony Sertich beat Republican challenger Paul Jacobson 10,000 votes to 5,000 votes.

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Still, the paper, says:

Jacobson is hoping that he not only gets all 5,000 of his November supporters to the polls on Tuesday, but that some independents and DFLers may cross over to the Republican side of the ballot. And in off-year elections, without a Democrat president at the top of the ticket, it can be harder to get casual DFLers out to vote.