Stauber Wins GOP Vote in 8th District Primary; Radinovich Earns DFL Nomination

August 14, 2018 11:13 PM

10:20 p.m.

Joe Radinovich will be Pete Stauber's opponent in the 8th Congressional District.

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The Associated Press called the DFL primary election for Radinovich around 10:20 p.m.

Stauber won the GOP nomination earlier in the night.

Radinovich released the following statement:

"I’m humbled by the outpouring of support from people across the district. I’m a 4th generation Cuyuna Iron Ranger, a hunter and fisherman. I was raised in a family of electricians, miners, and nurses. I value hard work. I won’t stop fighting for the values we share: access to affordable healthcare, a good education and a good-paying job.

"Washington is broken, too many politicians are cozying up to special interests they have forgotten to listen to the people they are supposed to represent. That’s why I will not take a cent of corporate PAC money.

"In Congress, I’ll be guided by doing what’s right for you – the people I’m lucky enough to represent – not what Washington expects. I’ll work with anyone, in either party to get the job done for Minnesota."

9:15 p.m.

Trump-endorsed Pete Stauber has won the GOP nomination in the 8th Congressional District.

The Associated Press declared Stauber the winner over Harry Welty around 9:15 p.m.

Joe Radinovich is leading the DFL candidates with 46 percent of the vote.

8:50 p.m.

With 9 percent of precincts reporting, Trump-endorsed Pete Stauber holds a significant lead over Harry Welty in the 8th District GOP primary.

Stauber has 89 percent of the vote so far.

On the DFL side, Joe Radinovich has 50 percent of the vote so far. Michelle Lee is in second with 20 percent.

8 p.m.

Voters went to the polls Tuesday, casting their ballots in a primary election to determine which DFL and Republican candidates in various House races will face off in the general election this November.

The 8th Congressional District race will be closely watched this election season. Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan is not seeking re-election, instead running as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

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Republicans feel they have a chance to flip the seat. In addition to Pete Stauber, who has been endorsed by President Donald Trump, Harry Welty is also running on the GOP side.

Five DFL candidates are vying for a spot on the ballot – Jason Metsa, Joe Radinovich, Kirsten Kennedy, Michelle Lee and Soren Sorensen.

RELATED: Voters Head to the Polls on Primary Day in Minnesota

Minnesota's 8th Congressional District comprises Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, and Wadena. A portion of Beltrami County is also in the 8th District.

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