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Johnson, McFadden, Emmer win GOP primary elections

Johnson, McFadden, Emmer win GOP primary elections

Party-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson will be Republicans' challenger to Governor Mark Dayton after winning yesterday's primary election.  Johnson held off three Republican challengers, taking about 30 percent of the vote.  He pledges a campaign that will appeal to non-Republicans as well as Republicans.  GOP challenger Kurt Zellers took about 24 percent of the vote in the primary, Marty Seifert roughly 21 percent and businessman Scott Honour — who spent the most of any Republican candidate in the gubernatorial primary — also ended up at around 21 percent.

Mike McFadden remains the Republican candidate for governor after defeating challengers Jim Abeler and David Carlson by a wide margin in Tuesday's primary election.  At his victory celebration, businessman McFadden told supporters Washington is in complete gridlock, with Republicans blaming the president and the president blaming Republicans.  McFadden is up against Democratic incumbent Al Franken in the November election.  The Independence candidate is now Steve Carlson, who defeated party-endorsed candidate Kevin Terrell in yesterday's primary.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto held off a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Matt Entenza, taking 81 percent of the vote to Entenza's 19.  Entenza spent 600 thousand dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.

An upset in Tuesday's primary election in the 1st Congressional District in southern Minnesota, where Republican rival Tom Hagedorn bested party-endorsed candidate Aaron Miller.  Hagedorn, son of former Congressman Tom Hagedorn, says his name doesn't hurt — but says his campaign moved that recognition up by meeting people on the main streets of the 1st District.  Hagedorn goes up against Democratic incumbent Tim Walz in the November general election.

GOP-endorsed candidate Tom Emmer is the Republican candidate for U-S House in Minnesota's 6th District after winning yesterday's primary election.  Emmer handily defeated Republican challenger Rhonda Sivarajah.  He's now up against Democrat Joe Perske and Independence candidate John Denney in the November election.

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