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11:45 p.m. update: Tight marriage amendment battle costliest ever

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ST. PAUL -- An expensive battle about whether to define marriage as only between a man and woman was, as predicted, a close contest in Tuesday's election.

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With slightly more than half of the state's precincts reporting, 48 percent of voters were in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment, which needed 50 percent to pass.

Amendment supporters were optimistic late Tuesday, saying pro-amendment precincts were yet to be counted.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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