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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Primary voters select candidates for general election

  • The ballot for the November general election is set in Minnesota, as the voters of the state decided which candidates would be moving on during the primary election which was held Tuesday.
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  • The ballot for the November general election is set in Minnesota, as the voters of the state decided which candidates would be moving on during the primary election which was held Tuesday. 
    Turnout was expected to be low for the primary, and with early estimates showing less than 10 percent of the state’s voters showing up at the polls the result is being considered one of the lowest in recent history. One of the biggest races in the primary had five facing off for the chance to face Mark Dayton as the Republican candidate for governor. Jeff Johnson, the Republican endorsed candidate, was declared the victor with just over 30 percent of the vote – totaling approximately 55,000 votes cast. Kurt Zellers came in second in the election with 24 percent of the vote, with Marty Seifert coming in third with 21 percent. Seifert saw significant vote results in Redwood County having received more than 1,300 votes, with the next closest receiving 25 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, Mike McFadden, the Republican endorsed candidate, easily won the chance to have his name on the ballot with 72 percent of the total vote. His numbers in Redwood County were similar, as he received 67 percent of the vote in the county. The DFL incumbent candidates, including Mark Dayton for governor and Al Franken for U.S. Senate were, as predicted, the winners in their primary races. Those races were not ever close, as Franken received 95 percent of the Democratic votes cast, with Dayton receiving 93 percent of the votes. One of the races at the state level many were talking about leading up to the primary was for the DFL name that would appear on the ballot for state auditor. In the end, it was not much of a race, as incumbent Rebecca Otto received 81 percent of the votes cast. Challenger Matt Entenza only received 19 percent of the total vote. Over the next several weeks candidates running for these and other more local races are going to be campaigning hard for the votes of Minnesotans. The Republican ticket is scheduled to make a stop in Redwood Falls at the public library today from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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