Updated at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Unofficial election results during the early hours of Wednesday show Republican incumbent Tony Albright with the most votes received for the Minnesota State Representative District 55B seat.
Albright received 17,118 votes, or 62.27% of the votes, over DFL candidate Andrea Nelsen, who received 10,359, or 37.68%. Fourteen write-in votes were cast.
Twelve-year Scott County resident and current Prior Lake resident Albright assumed office in 2013. Albright ran under the motto that he would bring his constituents voices to the capital.
In an email, Albright said being re-elected is a humbling experience.
"It reaffirms the support of the people in your district, but it also is a reminder of how important it is to represent everyone in your district," he said.
When asked about the main issues he will face in his next term Albright stated, "Our state faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit, that will not be easily rectified without some very hard decisions being made through the legislative process," he said. "The state is still struggling with the economic shutdown brought on by Covid19, with many struggling to pay their bills, and businesses wrestling with how to stay open. We’ve got to restart our economy, work to rebuild our business sector and get folks back to the jobs they love. We need to get kids back in school, [where] they learn best, and we need to protect the most vulnerable amongst us as we work our way towards a resolution to this pandemic."
Upon hearing the results of the election, Nelsen was disappointed but found gratification in the work her team did to "hold the line against the red wave in the district," she said. "It contributed to saving Angie Craig's seat for the Democrats, so she'll be able to continue her great work and we're really proud of that."
While campaigning, Nelsen said she gained the sense that voters were looking for active representation that was also less divisive.
"I think there's a tremendous enthusiasm in this district for representation where all people will feel listened to and where people have the opportunity to communicate their concerns to a representative in a way that is not divisive like so much of what we see currently," Nelsen said.
Absentee ballots received after Election Day are set aside and not currently included in results. The courts and the Secretary of State's office will determine whether those ballots will be included in the complete official results.
These are considered incomplete unofficial results. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3, but received by Carver County Elections after Election Day are not yet included in these results.