Ellison Wins DFL Vote, Wardlow Wins for GOP in State Attorney General Primary

August 14, 2018 11:41 PM

10:30 p.m.

The Associated Press has announced GOP Candidate Doug Wardlow has been nominated for attorney general.

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10:25 p.m. 

Wardlow leads with 47 percent of the vote, Anderson trails at 32 percent and Lessard is at 21 percent. 83 of 87 counties are reporting, and 77 percent of the precincts are reporting. 

10:05 p.m.

With 79 of 87 counties reporting and just over 65 percent of precincts reporting, Wardlow holds the edge at 47 percent for attorney general. Anderson is at 32 percent, and Lessard at 20 percent.

9:47 p.m.

Wardlow continues to hold the advantage in the Republican race for attorney general. He has 48 percent of the vote, with Anderson trailing at 32 percent. Lessard holds 20 percent of the vote. 51 percent of the vote has been accounted for.

9:26 p.m. 

In the Republican race for attorney general, and 35 percent of precincts reporting, Wardlow holds 48 percent of the vote. Anderson is at 32 percent, and Lessard 20 percent. 

9:11 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has won the Democratic primary for attorney general. Ellison defeated four other candidates to win Tuesday's primary days after a former girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse.

 9:00 p.m.

Ellison continues to hold a commanding lead at 54 percent of the vote. Hilstrom is second at 16 percent and Pelikan at 11 percent. 25 percent of precincts have reported (1,008 of 4,112).

For the Republicans, Warlow holds the first place spot with 49 percent of the votes. Anderson is second at 32 percent and Lessard 19 percent.

8:40 p.m.

Ellison continues to hold a commanding lead at 55 percent of the vote. Hilstrom is second at 16 percent and Pelikan at 11 percent. 14 percent of precincts have reported (576 of 4,112).


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

Incumbent Lori Swanson is not seeking reelection, having chosen to run for governor after failing to gain the DFL nomination at its convention in June.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is running for the job, but he has faced allegations of abuse made against him by an ex-girlfriend - allegations he has denied.

He is running in a crowded DFL field. The other candidates include lawyer and activist Matt Pelikan, who received the party's endorsement, State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, and former state Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.

As of 8:20 p.m., Ellison holds an early lead with 52.59 percent of the vote. Hilstrom is second at 17.33 percent, Foley 11.26 percent, Pelikan 10.26 percent and Rothman 8.56 percent. 14 of 87 counties are reporting, and 3.21 percent of precincts are reporting in the state.

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On the Republican side, endorsed candidate Doug Wardlow is facing candidates including Robert Lessard and Sharon Anderson.

As of 8:20 p.m., Wardlow has the slight edge over the competition, with 49.01 percent of the vote. Anderson is at 31.91 percent, and Lessard at 19.08 percent. 14 of 87 counties are reporting, and 3.21 percent of precincts are reporting in the state. 

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