Seven people who wrote in candidates swung an election for state representative in Bemidji, Minn.
John Persell, a DFLer, won re-election by four votes in a rematch of a 2016 race in which GOP Rep. Matt Bliss beat Persell.
If only we could see the names of the write-in candidates.
It’s worth noting, by the way, that the famous “Lizard Person” write-in vote in the Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate election in 2008 came from Bemidji.
About the blogger
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.