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Minnesotans Send McFadden, Emmer, Kahn, Otto to November Ballot

Updated: 08/13/2014 6:36 AM
Created: 08/12/2014 10:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Minnesotans decided who made the cut for the November ballot during Tuesday's primary election. Mike McFadden has won Minnesota's Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November. Rep. Phyllis Kahn won Tuesday's DFL nomination for her Minneapolis House district. State Auditor Rebecca Otto has survived a primary challenge from former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza. Here are other results:

GOP Minnesota Governor

Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson has captured the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor over three major rivals. Tuesday's victory means Johnson advances to a fall showdown with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. It's also a validation for the Republican Party, which endorsed Johnson this spring before what turned into the party's first competitive primary for governor in 20 years.

GOP U.S. Senate

Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota's Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November.

McFadden defeated retiring state Rep. Jim Abeler and several lesser-known candidates in Tuesday's primary.

A political newcomer, McFadden was the front-runner after he was endorsed at the party convention in April. He argued he was the only candidate who could raise enough money to beat Franken. He criticized the first-term senator as being too close to Obama and for his support of the president's health care overhaul.

GOP U.S. House 6th District

Tom Emmer has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Emmer defeated Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah Tuesday to capture the GOP's nod in the 6th District. It's a political resurrection for Emmer, who lost the 2010 governor's race to Democrat Mark Dayton in a recount.

Emmer was the frontrunner in Tuesday's primary, with a money edge and the party's endorsement. He'll be a heavy favorite in November in a district that tilts sharply Republican.

He'll face Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, a Democrat.

Minneapolis' House District 60B DFL

One of Minnesota's longest-serving lawmakers has survived a primary challenge from a Somali-American activist.

Rep. Phyllis Kahn won Tuesday's DFL nomination for her Minneapolis House district. She defeated Mohamud Noor, who harnessed the energy of the local immigrant community to give Kahn one of the strongest challenges since her first election in 1972.

Noor was hoping to become the first Somali-born state lawmaker in Minnesota and perhaps the nation. But Kahn took more than 54 percent of the vote to Noor's 45.5 percent.

State Auditor DFL

State Auditor Rebecca Otto has survived a primary challenge from former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza.

Entenza dipped deep into his personal wealth to try to grab the Democratic nomination. But Otto had the party's backing and cruised to an easy victory.

She advances to face GOP, Independence and Grassroots Party opponents in her bid for a third term.

The primary followed a short but heated campaign with Entenza.

Other Local Races

Republican Jim Hagedorn has pulled off an upset in his party's 1st District primary for Congress. Hagedorn beat endorsed candidate Aaron Miller in Tuesday's primary.

State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of gay marriage. Loon's onetime campaign manager, Sheila Kihne, decided to run after Loon voted last year to legalize gay marriage. Kihne called the vote a flip-flop for Loon.

Track more results here.

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Mike Murphy exits his polling place at the Whitney Senior Center after voting in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, St. Cloud, Minn.
Photo: AP/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter

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