President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, won St. Cloud by 9%. That’s a shift for the purple city.
In 2016, President Donald Trump won St. Cloud with a 1.75% lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Biden’s success here is partly due to greater turnout, and he seems to have drawn many third-party voters. Four years ago, one-tenth of the city voted for third-party candidates.
The votes have all been received and counted, but the final results have yet to be certified.
There are still a lot of interesting insights in the votes we have.
Here are some more key numbers from the 2020 presidential race across Minnesota and around St. Cloud.
Nearly 3.3 million Minnesotans voted in this fall’s election. That’s an increase of 11% from 2016’s turnout.
As in past years, a good chunk of voters just voted for president and skipped down-ballot races.
More than 60,000
That’s how many voters chose someone for president but didn’t vote for a U.S. senator or U.S. representative. The number grows for state races such as state Senate, which 110,000 voters skipped, and the Minnesota Supreme Court, which nearly 775,000 voters skipped on their ballot.
This is Biden’s margin of victory in the state of Minnesota. He won 52.4% of the vote, or 1.7 million votes.
And he expanded on Clinton’s 2016 lead, when she narrowly beat Trump by 1.5% which motivated him to treat Minnesota as a potential swing state this election.
Even though Trump lost the state, he gained 160,600 votes or about 0.3% across Minnesota. As in St. Cloud, Biden benefited across the state from strong turnout and the votes of people who went for third-party candidates in 2016.
You can dive in deeper to local election results. Here’s how different Central Minnesota communities voted in the presidential race. Note that the counties overlap somewhat with the cities.
32,398 voted in the 2020 presidential race, a 2.8% increase in turnout over 2016
- Donald Trump (R, incumbent): 14,209 votes and 43.9%, a decrease of nearly 200 votes from 2016.
- Joseph Biden (D): 17,151 votes and 52.9%, an increase of 3,300 votes over Clinton’s 2016 results.
- Other: 1,038 votes or 3.2%, about one-third of the third-party votes in 2016.
10,497 voted in the 2020 presidential race, a 14.8% increase in turnout over 2016
- Trump: 5,854 votes and 55.8%, which is a lower percentage of the vote than 2016 but 500-plus more individual votes than he received in 2016.
- Biden: 4,375 votes and 41.7%, which is 8% of the vote more than Clinton won in 2016.
- Other: 268 votes or 2.6%.
7,420 voted for president in Sauk Rapids, a 12% increase over 2016
- Trump: 4,324 votes and 58.3%, which is nearly 400 votes less than in 2016.
- Biden: 2,878 votes and 38.8%, which is about 750 votes above Clinton’s 2016 totals here.
- Other: 218 votes or 2.9%, which is down 300-plus votes compared to 2016.
84,839 voted in the 2020 presidential race, up 6.6% from 2016
- Trump: 50,959 votes and 60.1%, up more than 3,300 over 2016 results.
- Biden: 31,881votes and 37.6%, up 6,300 votes over Clinton’s 2016 results.
- Other: 1,999 votes and 2.3%
22,260 voted in the 2020 presidential race, up 11% from 2016.
- Trump: 14,382 votes and 64.6%, an increase of about 1,500 votes from 2016.
- Biden: 7,281 votes and 32.7%, an increase of about 1,600 votes over Clinton in 2016.
- Other: 597 votes and 2.7%.
55,610 voted in the 2020 presidential race, up 15.2% from 2016
- Trump: 36,221 votes and 65.1%, an increase of nearly 5,200 votes from 2016.
- Biden: 18,064 votes and 32.5%, an increase of nearly 4,800 votes over Clinton in 2016.
- Other: 1,325 votes and 2.4%.
Nora Hertel is the government watchdog reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach her at 320-255-8746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nghertel.
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