MINNEAPOLIS - Two Minnesota Republicans failed to make it onto the presidential ticket. Voters rejected efforts to enshrine in the constitution a gay marriage ban and a requirement for photo IDs at polling places. And Democrats took control of both houses of the Legislature for the first time since 1990 as politics dominated Minnesota's news scene in 2012.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann were early casualties in the GOP presidential race. Pawlenty dropped out in 2011 while Bachmann barely made it into 2012, quitting after her dead-last finish in Iowa's precinct caucuses.
But Pawlenty remained a vice presidential possibility until August, when Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan instead. Bachmann eked out a narrow re-election victory over Democratic businessman Jim Graves.
Deadly crimes, high-profile trials and natural disasters also grabbed headlines across Minnesota in 2012.
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