Red Lake Nation reports record turnout in 2008
Members of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota voted in record numbers on Tuesday and the overwhelming number of votes went to Barack Obama for president and Al Franken for U.S. Senate.

A total of 2,249 tribal members cast their votes on the reservation, the Red Lake Political Education Committee reported. That's 125 more than the 2004 election and 800 more than 2000.

In the presidential race, 2,082 tribal members voted for Obama, according to results released by the committee. Only 20 voted for John McCain.

In the Senate race, 1,983 voted for Democrat Franken. Only 146 voted for Sen. Norm Coleman (campaign site).

Franken and Coleman are locked in a very tight race, so a statewide recount is being planned. Franken campaigned repeatedly at Red Lake and other reservations while Coleman was accused of ignoring Indian Country.

Related Stories:
Audrey Bennett: Re-elect Sen. Norm Coleman (10/28)
Sen. Coleman: Proud of record on Indian issues (10/23)
Editorial: Republicans absent in Indian Country (10/20)
Al Franken campaigns on three reservations (10/20)