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Race for Obscure Auditor's Office Proves Intense

Updated: 08/09/2014 7:56 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 1:15 PM KSTP.com

An office that seldom gets much public attention has provided one of Minnesota's most intense primary battles this summer.
    
State Auditor Rebecca Otto is trying to fend off a hard challenge from fellow Democrat Matt Entenza, a former top legislator who is spending loads of personal money on the race. The contest pits former legislative colleagues and has proven acrimonious from the get-go.
    
Tuesday's winner next faces Republican Randy Gilbert, the Independence Party's Patrick Dean and the Grassroots Party's Judith Schwartzbacker.
    
The state Democratic Party has rallied to Otto's defense with mailings and get-out-the-vote calls. But Entenza has waged a visible campaign with the help of $675,000 in personal contributions and big-time endorsements.
    
Otto says she hopes voters reward her earnest approach to the job over the past two terms.

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