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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Melvin Carter has been elected mayor of St. Paul with 50.89 percent of the first-choice votes, according to unofficial election results.
Carter will make history as the city's first African American mayor.
"I’m honored by just what voters said today," Carter said. "I’m honored by the opportunity to serve this city that raised me in so many ways. And I’ve shared with people all year that my family is fourth-generation St. Paul. My grandparents came here from Texas, fleeing racial violence in the deep South, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build this city in a way it truly works for every person in every part of it."
Carter has worked as a staffer for Mayor Chris Coleman and for Gov. Mark Dayton. He will replace the outgoing Coleman, who is running for governor.
In St. Paul, 10 candidates were vying for mayor as voters lined up to cast their ballots.
An election judge at Precinct 39 in St. Paul said they ran out of ballots twice in a couple of hours, calling the turnout "unprecedented for a mayor race."
With ranked-choice voting, a candidate needs more than 50 percent of the vote to be declared the winner. Residents in St. Paul will probably need to wait a few days for some results, as part of the process involves hand-counting ballots.
In one unexpected twist, the ballot featured "Holden Holden" in place of "Tim Holden." But he tells KARE 11's Karla Hult that the slip was on purpose - and the affidavit he filed to run confirms it.
"It was my intent and it's working absolutely wonderfully," he said. Holden said he's taken dozens of calls from supporters and media.