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Vote counts go late in Minnesota primary

The field appears to have narrowed for several state Senate and House races with candidates vying to represent northwest Minnesota. In District 1, incomplete results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday pointed to Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Kip Fontaine an...

The field appears to have narrowed for several state Senate and House races with candidates vying to represent northwest Minnesota.

In District 1, incomplete results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday pointed to Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Kip Fontaine and Republican candidate Mark Johnson advancing to the general election.

Fontaine had 1,303 of 1,664 votes cast over his opponent Jual Carlson, with 136 of 278 precincts reporting. Fontaine was the endorsed candidate of the party.

Johnson, also the endorsed candidate, had 1,369 of 1621 votes cast, unofficially putting him over opponent Edwin Dale Hahn.

All four candidates sought to replace Sen. Leroy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, who announced he would not seek reelection after serving in public office for 36 years. District 1 covers Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

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In District 1B, incumbent Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, has one less challenger vying for her seat. Kiel received 100 percent of 744 votes cast with 63 out of 123 precincts reporting.

DFL candidate Mike Moore looked poised to defeat Erwin Rud for a place on the fall ballot as of press time. Moore, the party-endorsed candidate, had 622 of 888 votes cast, with 63 out of 123 precincts reporting.

District 1B is composed of Red Lake and Polk counties and part of Pennington County.

In the federal race, available results pointed to incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson battling against Republican Dave Hughes for the District 7 seat in November. Peterson, a Democrat, received 100 percent of 10,921 votes cast with 855 of 1,329 precincts reporting.

Hughes, the endorsed candidate, was ahead of fellow Republican Amanda Lynn Hinson at press time. Hughes had 5,741 of 9,507 votes cast with 855 of 1,329 precincts reporting.

District 7 spans much of western Minnesota, running from the state's northern border to its southern one.

Also being narrowed is the pool of candidates for Seat 6 of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Election results available at press time had Justice Natalie Hudson leading two opponents: Craig Foss and Michelle MacDonald. Hudson had 124,187 of 191,865 votes cast with 3,020 of 4,120 precincts reporting.

MacDonald had received 39,672 votes to Foss' 28,006 at press time, poising her to be on the ballot this fall.

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All results were unofficial as of Tuesday.

Related Topics: ELECTION 2016
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