Barack Obama won Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.
CBS News has called the Minnesota race for the President shortly after 9:30 p.m., about the same time ABC News projected Minnesota for Obama, after Obama took a more than 40,000 vote lead with about 10 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press also called the Minnesota race for Obama before 10 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press.
Obama's 12 percent lead would match his margin over John McCain in 2008.
In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times.
It has voted Republican only once in the last 50 years.
Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Minnesota. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections.
The economy was a key issue for many voters in the state, as was the two amendment issues–Voter I.D. and Marriage–on the Minnesota ballot this election.