MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Voter turnout in Minnesota was the highest in the nation this year, just ahead of South Dakota, according to a survey by a Washington-based research organization.
The independent Committee for the Study of the American Electorate reported that preliminary figures showed turnout in Minnesota was 61.4 percent followed by South Dakota at 61.3 percent and New Hampshire at 48.7 percent.
All three states had tight Senate races, including the Minnesota contest that pitted Republican Norm Coleman against former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat who replaced the late Sen. Paul Wellstone on the ballot.
"Minnesota turnout is always pretty high, and you had a very interesting race," said Curtis Gans, committee director.
"When people are motivated, they'll brave long lines, they'll brave downpours," he said. "This was a highly motivated electorate."
Tuesday's election drew 2.26 million Minnesota voters.
Turnout easily topped Minnesota's national-best 60.5 percent in the 1998 election, another non-presidential year, when 2.1 million Minnesotans voted.
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