Brainerd High School students and staff members have weighed in on area political races. A total of 711 people voted.
In the presidential elections, 51.2 percent voted for George W. Bush, 30 percent voted for Al Gore and 11.1 percent voted for Ralph Nader.
Of the 25 staff members who voted, the women split their vote evenly between the three candidates. Of the males, 55 percent voted for Bush, 30 percent for Gore and five percent for Nader.
Republican Rod Grams with 42 percent of the votes, defeated Democrat Mark Dayton, who received 34.3 percent, in the U.S. Senate race.
It was a close race for the two at-large seats on the Brainerd City Council. Bob Olson led with 20.1 percent of the votes. Matt Taylor and Lucy Nesheim were tied with 19.6 percent of the votes and Gene Goedker received 15 percent of the votes.
In Brainerd Ward 1, Jim Dehen earned 53 percent of the votes. In Ward 3, Gary Scheeler had half the votes. These two politicians are running unopposed.
In Baxter, Mayor Gary Muehlhausen defeated opponent Gary Walters with 30.1 percent of the vote. Walters had 28.1 percent. A majority of the juniors and seniors voted for Walters.
Craig MacDonald received the most votes for Baxter City Council with 17.8 percent.
In Nisswa, Bill Sinn received 29.9 percent of the votes in the mayoral race. For a council seat, Lenny Hodgson had 30.6 percent and Bo Beckman had 12.8 percent of the votes.
It was a close state Senate race with Republican Paul Koering defeating incumbent Democrat Don Samuelson by 6.4 percent.
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