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McNamara easily wins re-election in 57B

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Incumbent Rep. Denny McNamara looked likely to cruise to re-election in House District 57B over DFL challenger Dave Page with 81 percent of poll results reported.

The Republican McNamara, seeking his fifth term in the state House, had 66 percent of the vote to Page's 34 percent with 17 of 21 precincts reporting.

It looked an uphill battle from the start for political newcomer Page against the better, funded, popular and entrenched McNamara, who has easily won re-election in each of his four tries.

McNamara said in an interview Tuesday night that his message of government living within its means resonated with voters across the district that includes Hastings, Afton, St. Mary's Point, Denmark Township, Ninninger Township, and a portion of Cottage Grove.

With Republicans securing a wave of victories across the state, McNamara will likely serve in Republican controlled House of Representatives for the first time since 2006. He said Republicans did a good job of leading the Legislature when it was in control an would do so again.

"When (Republicans) left that majority, there was $2 billion in the state budget surplus," McNamara said, "and now the Democrats have left us with a ($6 billion) deficit. The people expect us to govern with common sense, and we're going to do it."