Live blog: Tinklenberg concedes race

Lori Wolter

Sixth district congressional candidate El Tinklenberg waits to be interviewed at his election night party in Ramsey, Minnesota.

El Tinklenberg conceded the race for U.S. House Representative in the 6th Congressional District at around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Earlier in the evening… Tinklenberg just took to the podium at his election night party to say he remains hopeful about the race. With about 50 percent of precincts reporting, he said he’s leading in the St. Cloud area and in Woodbury and Stillwater. “This is a long ways from being over, and we’re hanging in there,” he told his cheering supporters.

I talked with Tinklenberg, about his campaign about a half hour ago, he said he’s hopeful that reports he’d heard of “very good” student turnout in the St. Cloud area could bolster his vote count.

He said he spent considerable time campaigning throughout the fall in the area, which is home to St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Benedict’s/St. Johns University.

“We continue to be optimistic,” he said before taking off down a hallway to watch Obama’s acceptance speech. Earlier…

El Tinklenberg supporters contine to eat, drink and converse while watching incoming poll results, but Tinklenberg is nowhere to be found .

Supporters are eagerly awaiting results from St. Cloud precincts, which they say could boost Tinklenberg to a victory in the Sixth District.

As of now, the Secretary of State’s Office says Michele Bachmann (47 percent) is leading against Tinklenberg (42 percent) with 32 percent of precincts reporting. Earlier…

DFL candidate El Tinklenberg   arrived around 9 at his election night party as supporters continue to trickle into the Fountains of Ramsey Event Center in Ramsey. They’re enjoying appetizers and drinks while watching election results on four television screens.

Several jeered when KARE-11 reported about ten minutes ago that Tinklenberg had 43 percent  of votes to Michele Bachmann’s 46 percent, with 12 percent of precincts reporting.