Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges was voters' runaway first choice to be her city's next mayor. The question now is how many seconds and thirds she took.
Hodges was the top choice on 36 percent of ballots cast in Tuesday's election, well ahead of former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew's nearly 25 percent.
The city's ranked-choice voting system requires election officials to eliminate losing candidates and redistribute second- and third-place choices in a process that ends when one candidate has more than 50 percent of the vote.
The process is not expected to be complete until Wednesday at the earliest.
Hodges and Andrew were among several Democrats hoping to succeed R.T. Rybak, who didn't seek a third term.