Unofficial results are in for the Minnesota primary election.
Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals. Tuesday’s victory means Johnson advances to a fall showdown with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. It’s also a validation for the Republican Party, which endorsed Johnson this spring before what turned into the party’s first competitive primary for governor in 20 years.
Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota’s Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November. McFadden defeated retiring state Rep. Jim Abeler and several lesser-known candidates in Tuesday’s primary. A political newcomer, McFadden was the front-runner after he was endorsed at the party convention in April.
Local results show incumbent Hutchinson Mayor Steve Cook will face Councilor Gary Forcier in the November election. Cook had 569 votes. Forcier had 492 votes. Paul Acklund had 280 votes.
Incumbent McLeod County District 5 Commissioner Jon Christensen will be challenged by Joe Nagel in the November election. Christensen had 319 votes. Nagel had 234 votes. Bill Hard had 217 votes.
In Meeker County, six men were battling it out in the sheriff’s race primary. Coming out on top was Jon Thoma, a Meeker County Sheriff’s Department Captain, and Sheriff’s Department Investigator Brian Cruze. Thoma recieved 1,632 votes, Cruze had 906 votes. They will face each other in November.
In Wright County, Sheriff Joe Hagerty will face Stacy Braun this fall. Hagerty had 4,727 votes. Braun had 937 votes. Bruce Doney had 781 votes.
Voters defeated Renville County West School District’s $4.9 million bond issue. Unofficial results show the initiative to issue general obligation school building bonds to improve school sites and construction of additions to the school facility failed 484 to 400.
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