Primary Election Results

With the primary election over, Minnesotans now know who will be advancing to the general election for various federal, statewide, and legislative races. Turnout for the primary election was around 22% – up more than 10% from Minnesota’s 2016 primary election.

Below is a summary of the winners of the primaries profiled last week by the state government relations team at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

Republican Primary for the First Congressional District

Jim Hagedorn prevailed over state Senator Carla Nelson 60% to 32%. Hagedorn will face Democrat Dan Feehan, an Army veteran who served as an official in the U.S. Department of Defense under President Obama, in the general election.

The First Congressional District, which spans across the entire southern border of the state, is considered a swing district. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Walz chose to run for governor instead of re-election.

DFL Primary for the Fifth Congressional District

Representative Ilhan Omar, the first-term legislator and DFL-endorsed candidate for Congress, prevailed in the DFL primary with 48% of the vote over former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s 30% and state Senator Patricia Torres Ray’s 13%.

Given the heavily Democratic-lean of the Fifth Congressional District, Omar is poised to become the district’s next member of Congress to succeed Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, who chose to run for attorney general. Omar is likely to be the first Somali-American member elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Fifth Congressional District comprises all of Minneapolis, first-ring western suburbs, as well as small portions of Anoka and Ramsey counties.

DFL Primary for the Eighth Congressional District

Joe Radinovich, the former state representative and 2016 campaign manager for Congressman Rick Nolan, prevailed in the DFL primary to represent the Eighth Congressional District. Radinovich won with 44% of the vote to former KJBR news anchor Michelle Lee’s 28%, and state Representative Jason Metsa’s 13%.

Radinovich will face Republican Pete Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner, in the general election.

The Eighth Congressional District, which is currently represented by retiring Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan, spans from the northern exurbs of the Twin Cities up to Duluth and into the northeastern corner of the state. It is considered a swing district.

DFL Primary for Governor

Congressman Tim Walz won the DFL primary for governor. Walz prevailed with 42% of the vote to state Representative Erin Murphy’s 32% and Attorney General Lori Swanson’s 24%.

Walz and his running mate, Representative Peggy Flanagan, will face Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and retired Lt. Colonel Donna Bergstrom in November.

Republican Primary for Governor

Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, won the Republican primary for governor. Johnson, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, prevailed over former Governor Tim Pawlenty 53% to 44%.

Johnson and his running mate, retired Lt. Colonel Donna Bergstrom, will face Congressman Tim Walz and Representative Peggy Flanagan in November.

DFL Primary for Attorney General

Congressman Keith Ellison prevailed in the DFL primary for attorney general over four other major competitors. Ellison won with 50% of the vote while state Representative Deb Hilstrom received 19%, former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley received 13%, DFL-endorsed candidate Matt Pelikan received 11%, former Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman received 08%.

Ellison will face former state Representative Doug Wardlow in the general election.

Republican Primary for Attorney General

Doug Wardlow won the Republican Primary for attorney general. Wardlow, a former state representative, prevailed over former state Senator Bob Lessard 46% to 22% while frequent candidate Sharon Anderson received 32%.

Wardlow will face Congressman Keith Ellison in the general election.

DFL Primary for House District 06B

Aurora Mayor Dave Lislegard won the DFL primary for House District 06B. Lislegard prevailed with 69% of the vote over DFL-endorsed candidate Shaun Hainey’s 31% to succeed Representative Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Lislegard will face Republican Skeeter Tomczak of Eveleth in a district which Metsa won by a 20-point margin in 2016.

House District 06B is an Iron Range district, running from just outside Hermantown in the south, through Eveleth, Virginia, and Aurora, and up to just south of Tower in the north.

Republican Primary for House District 31B

Representative Cal Bahr won the Republican Primary for House District 31B. Bahr, the Republican-endorsed candidate and first-term legislator, prevailed with 57% of the vote over former Representative Tom Hackbarth’s 43%.

House District 31B encompasses the heavily Republican exurbs north of the Twin Cities including Andover, East Bethel, Ham Lake, and Oak Grove. In the 2016 election, Donald Trump carried the district with 63% of the vote. Bahr is favored to win re-election in November.

Republican Primary for House District 34A

Kristin Robbins won the Republican Primary for House District 34A. Robbins prevailed with 59% of the vote over Republican-endorsed candidate Brad Ganzer, who received 41% of the vote. Robbins is running to succeed former House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (R-Rogers) in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

House District 34A includes Rogers, Dayton, and northern and western parts of Maple Grove. Robbins is likely to prevail in November given her district is solidly Republican. Donald Trump won the district by 10 points and Peppin won the district in 2016 with 66% of the vote.

DFL Primary for House District 40B

Samantha Vang won the DFL primary for House District 40B. Vang prevailed with 47% of the vote over DFL-endorsed candidate Cindy Yang’s 43% while a third candidate took 10%. She is running to succeed Representative Deb Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center).

House District 40B covers Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, a DFL stronghold. Vang is favored to win in the November election.

Republican Primary for House District 47B

Greg Boe won the Republican Primary for House District 47B. Boe, a member of the Chaska City Council, prevailed with 57% over Republican-endorsed candidate Vince Beaduette’s 43%. He is running to succeed Representative Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska).

House District 47B, which leans Republican, covers the city of Chaska as well as portions of Victoria and Chanhassen.

Boe will face DFL candidate Donzel Leggett in November.

Republican Primary for House District 55A

Erik Mortensen won the Republican Primary for House District 55A. Mortenson, the Republican-endorsed candidate, prevailed with 58% over incumbent Representative Bob Loonan’s 42%. Loonan was the only sitting legislator to lose a primary yesterday.

House District 55A, which leans Republican, covers the city of Shakopee as well as Jackson Township and Louisville Township.

Mortensen will face Democrat Brad Tabke, the former mayor of Shakopee, in November.

DFL Primary for House District 60B

Mohamud Noor won the DFL Primary for House District 60B. Noor prevailed with 40% of the vote while Peter Wagenius received 28% of the vote, Cordelia Pierson recevied 18% of the vote, and Joshua Preston received 05% of the vote.

This district – comprised of Cedar-Riverside, Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park, and the University of Minnesota – votes heavily for Democrats. Noor is the likely to win in November to succeed Representative Ilhan Omar.

DFL Primary for House District 62A

Hodan Hassan won the DFL Primary for House District 62A. Hodan prevailed with 28% of the vote with Osman Ahmed receiving 21%, Omar Fateh receiving 21%, Margarita Ortega receiving 20%, and Jen Kader receiving 11%.

House District 62A, which is currently represented by retiring Representative Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis), includes the Phillips, Whittier, Stevens Square, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Hassan is favored to win in the general election.