RESULTS: Minnesota holds primary elections




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  • 2022-08-09 16:09:35Z
  • By Business Insider
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Minnesota is holding primary elections on Tuesday. Polls close at 8 p.m. local time and 9 p.m. ET. Follow along for live results.

 

Congress

Half of the North Star State's eight-member House delegation is running unopposed in Tuesday's primaries, including Democratic Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips (who is up by 20 points in the latest FiveThirtyEight polls), and Republican Reps. Tom Emmer and Michelle Fischbach.

The rub for two-term lawmaker Craig is that respected election handicapper the Cook Political Report has tagged the race as "Democratic Toss Up" in its competitive race tracker. Craig is involved in a rematch with her 2020 GOP challenger Tyler Kistner, whom she edged out by just 2 points the last time.

Three other incumbents still need to clear primary hurdles.

Eleven-term Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum is being challenged by first-time candidates Amane Badhasso and Fasil Moghul. McCollum got 61% of the vote in 2020.

Two-term Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is being challenged by former Minneapolis city councilman Don Samuels, as well as first-time candidates A.J. Kern, Albert Ross, and Nate Schluter. Omar got 65% of the vote in 2020.

Two-term Republican Rep. Pete Stauber is being challenged by former Duluth school board member Harry Welty. Stauber got 57% of the vote in 2020.

There's also a special election to succeed two-term Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who died on February 17, 2022, after battling kidney cancer.

The candidates vying to fill that open seat include former Minnesota state Republican Rep. Brad Finstad, Democrat Jeff Ettinger, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis nominee Haroun McClellan, and Legal Marijuana Now nominee Richard Reisdorf. The latest FiveThirtyEight polls give Finstad an eight-point lead over Ettinger, while the Cook Political Report has rated the race as  "Likely Republican" in its competitive race tracker.

 

Governor and secretary of state

Minnesota's two Democratic senators, three-term lawmaker and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar and two-term lawmaker Tina Smith, aren't up for reelection untill 2024 and 2026, respectively.

There are also races for the governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state in play.

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is being challenged by failed 2018 gubernatorial hopeful Ole Savior. Walz, a former congressman, got 54% of the vote in 2018.

Incumbent Democratic Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is being challenged by first-time candidate Julia Parker. Flanagan got 54% of the vote in 2018.

Incumbent Democratic Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is being challenged by failed 2020 Senate hopeful Steve Carlson. Across the aisle, state GOP party officials endorsed Trumpy 2020 election denier Kim Crockett for the post.

State legislative primaries

 

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