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Primary election to set up governor, U.S. Senate races

Minnesota voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 12, to select Republican Party candidates for governor and U.S. Senate races.

Four main GOP candidates are competing in next week’s primary election to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November. Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner and former state lawmaker, is campaigning with the GOP endorsement. He faces Kurt Zellers, a state representative and former Minnesota House speaker; Marty Seifert, a former Minnesota House minority leader; and businessman Scott Honour.

The GOP U.S. Senate race has two main candidates: Businessman Mike McFadden, who secured the party endorsement, and longtime state Rep. Jim Abeler. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Al Franken in the Nov. 4 general election.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voters will settle a contested primary in the state auditor race. Two-term incumbent State Auditor Rebecca Otto is being challenged by Matt Entenza, a former Minnesota House minority leader and candidate for governor and attorney general. Otto has the DFL Party endorsement.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For polling and other election information, go to www.mnvotes.org. Washington County also has election information at www.co.washington.mn.us; click on “government” to access the elections page.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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