Incumbents ruled the day locally in the Minnesota partisan primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 11.
As expected, Jason Lewis won the Republican primary and Democratic incumbent Tina Smith carried the Democratic primary setting the stage for the two to face-off on the Nov. 3 general election.
Statewide, Lewis finished with over 78% of the vote, while Smith had over 87% of the vote. The figures were even higher in Washington County with Lewis at 85.2 and Smith slightly over 89.
Incumbent Betty McCollum carried the District 4 Democratic primary, earning over 84% of the vote in her district. She will face Republican Gene Rechtzigel who edged Sia Lo by less than 350 votes.
Washignton County voters favored Rechtzigel as well by around 375 votes.
Incumbent Tom Emmer won the District 6 Republican primary, talling over 30,650 votes to challenger Patrick Munro’s 4,518. Emmer will face Tawnja Zahradka, who earned 29,445 votes throughout the District.
In Senate District 39, Republican incumbent Karin Housley will face Democrat Josiah Hill. Hill defeated Brian D. Hile by over a 7-to-1 margin.
In Senate District 43, Democratic incumbent Charles Wiger withstood the challenge from Natasha Lapcinski by a 3-to-1 vote total and will face Republican Bob Zick in November.
Incumbent Susan Kent doubled up challenger Marquita Stephens in the Senate District 53 Democratic primary. She will face Republican Mary Stephens in November.
On the Representative level, Donald Raleigh outlasted two Republican challengers in the District 38A primary. He will face Democratic Kris Frederick in November.
Ann Mozey earned over 90% of the votes in the Democratic District 39A race. She will try to unseat Republican incumbent Bob Dettmer in November.