Will amendment battles swing results for other races?

Two fights over voter IDs and gay marriage have divided the state, sparked fierce debates across Minnesota and led to more than $20 million in spending by supporters and opponents. Now another question remains: Will voter turnout for those two ballot measures affect the outcome of other races?
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Two fights over voter IDs and gay marriage have divided the state, sparked fierce debates across Minnesota and led to more than $20 million in spending by supporters and opponents. Now the Pioneer Press examines another question remains: Will voter turnout for those two ballot measure issue affect the outcome of other races?

It's tough to say, but Republicans are hopeful the ballot measures will boost GOP voter turnout. In fact, GOP operatives put the gay marriage issue on the ballot for the purpose of driving conservative voter turnout, former GOP Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb admitted in an interview with WCCO.

The marriage amendment has been among the most divisive in state history. Among those torn by it are people of faith. The Associated Press examines how the issue has split the Catholic church.

At the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, students this week were irked when the Catholic school's leaders allowed an event on campus led by the Duluth Diocese, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The event focused on marriage and a speaker talked about the “promotion and defense of marriage.” Students said that went against the school's preference that no formal campus groups sponsor events on either side of the marriage amendment question.

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