On the night that House Republicans voted to place an amendment prohibiting gay marriage on the ballot in 2012, Sen. Scott Dibble stood outside the chamber and vowed that Minnesota would become the first state in the country to defeat such a proposal.
Broad coalition led by TakeAction Minnesota won by making the most of modestly funded drive.
Frenetic early-morning celebrations capped an historic Election Day in which Minnesota voters defeated two ballot initiatives that were a hallmark of the GOP-controlled Legislature that swarmed to victory two years ago on a national wave.
The 48 percent level of support is a 7 percent drop from findings last week, and marks a 14-point slide since mid-September.
Opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls are citing a new internal poll as evidence that they're gaining momentum. The poll shows support for the measure at 50 percent, while 44 percent expressed opposition.
One notable exception: Cravaack/Nolan CD 8 race
Our Vote Our Future, the main group opposing a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification, released its first television spot. The commercial features former DFL Secretary of State Joan Growe, who held the office for more than two decades, and will be broadcast in the Twin Cities Market beginning Monday.
Despite the continuing legal drama surrounding the two constitutional amendments headed for this fall’s ballot, the groups formed to support or defeat the amendments to outlaw gay marriage and mandate voter ID are in something of a holding pattern
A trio of DFL third-party groups -- comprised of Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Win Minnesota and the 2012 Fund -- are still significantly out-raising a slew of independent expenditures groups on the right. And in the battle of the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment -- the most high profile fight this cycle and drawing the most donations -- groups opposing the amendment are still pullin[...]
Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Gov. Arne Carlson will lead the effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. They'll be joined by former congressman Tim Penny and veteran civil rights activist Josie Johnson as co-chairs of Our Vote Our Future.
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