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Just one vote separates candidates in Brooklyn Park mayoral race

The result will trigger a recount.
Winston and Jacobson

The race for mayor in Brooklyn Park appears to have come down to just a single vote between the two candidates.

As of Wednesday morning, the unofficial tally had Lisa Jacobson beating Hollies Winston by a vote of 3,415 to 3,414, with 26 write-in votes.

The margin, unsurprisingly, has triggered an automatic recount in the special mayoral election.

Winston, a commissioner on the Brooklyn Park Budget Advisory Committee, had been given the backing of big DFL names including Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan – both of whom have visited the city to campaign for Winston – as well as Attorney General Keith Ellison and DFL Chairman Ken Martin.

Jacobson, who was first elected to Brooklyn Park City Council in 2017, put in a strong showing in the city's east district, where she won seven out of nine precincts, with Winston proving stronger in the central – where he won all 10 precincts – and west districts.

The winner will serve through 2022, with the election triggered when former mayor Jeff Lunde won election to the Hennepin County Board in November.

At just over 6,800 votes cast, it represents a tiny turnout for the city of more than 80,000. Jacobson received more than twice the votes – 7,673 – when she won re-election to her Ward E council position in 2020.

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