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Minnesota had a number of high-profile primary election races on Tuesday. 

Even before voting booths opened Tuesday, many citizens across Scott County completed their civic duty by voting absentee. And numbers were up — by a lot. When all the votes were counted at the end of the primaries in 2016, Scott County had 263 absentee ballots. As of Tuesday morning, the county had received 1,780 absentee ballots, an increase of 677 percent.

In 2016, the county sent out more than 700 absentee ballots to those who requested them. This year, the county sent out more than 2,000.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Results are below, with 4,111 of 4,112 precincts reporting. 

Minnesota governor 

Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton is retiring, leaving an open seat. 

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor Republican Party

Candidate Vote Percent
Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom 168238 52.61
Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach 140295 43.87
Matthew Kruse and Theresa Loeffler 11276 3.53
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor Democratic Party

Candidate Votes Percent
Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan 242396 41.64
Tim Holden and James P. Mellin II 6387 1.1
Olé Savior and Chris Edman 4027 0.69
Erin Murphy and Erin Maye-Quade 186525 32.04
Lori Swanson and Rick Nolan 142820 24.53
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

U.S. Senator 

Both of Minnesota’s U.S. senators are on the ballot this year. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is up for re-election and she faces a number of challengers. 

U.S. Senator Republican Party

Candidate Votes Percent
Rae Hart Anderson 25839 8.94
Jim Newberger 200809 69.49
Merrill Anderson 45353 15.69
Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente 16988 5.88
Updated at 10:20 a.m Aug. 15

U.S. Senator Democratic Party

Candidate Vote Percent
Amy Klobuchar 555740 95.69
David Robert Groves 4509 0.78
Leonard J. Richards 3553 0.61
Steve Carlson 9903 1.71
Stephen A. Emery 7056 1.21
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

U.S. Senator Special Election 

Minnesota's former lieutenant governor Sen. Tina Smith was appointed to the Senate following the resignation of Al Franken amid sexual misconduct allegations. Now, she's running for the seat and is facing a number of contenders. 

U.S. Senator Special Election Republican Party

Candidate Vote Percent
Bob Anderson 106693 35.59
Karin Housley 185759 61.96
Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey 7340 2.45
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

U.S. Senator Special Election Democratic Party

Candidate Votes Percent
Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr. 5033 0.89
Gregg A. Iverson 17767 3.12
Tina Smith 432386 76.05
Nick Leonard 16499 2.9
Richard W. Painter 78006 13.72
Ali Chehem Ali 18874 3.32
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

Attorney General 

It's a crowded ballot for Minnesota's Attorney General seat, which has brought an unusually high-profile race. 

Attorney General Republican Party

Candidate Votes Percent
Robert Lessard 63393 21.64
Sharon Anderson 93967 32.08
Doug Wardlow 135560 46.28
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

Attorney General Democratic Party

Candidate Votes Percent
Matt Pelikan 59758 10.62
Tom Foley 70529 12.53
Keith Ellison 280564 49.85
Mike Rothman 44454 7.9
Debra Hillstrom 107548 19.11
Updated at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

How local communities voted 


Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar won the U.S. Senator vote in Savage with 2,172 votes. Republican candidate Jim Newberger won the Republican vote with 1,051 votes.

Tina Smith won the Democrat vote for the U.S. Senator Special Election race with 1,678 votes — a landslide win against six candidates on the ballot. Republican Karin Housley, on the ballot with two Republican candidates, won with 1,008 votes.

Democratic candidates Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan pulled in the most votes in Savage for governor and lieutenant governor, with 909 votes. Walz and Flanagan were just 64 votes ahead of Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom, who won the Republican vote. Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach were a close second on the Republican ballot with 777 votes. 

Incumbent Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen won 1,337, or about 39 percent, of the votes in Savage. Jason Arras came in second with 31 percent of the votes. 

Democratic candidate Keith Ellison won the Savage vote for Attorney General with 1,066 votes. Republican candidate Doug Wardlow took 684 votes, with Sharon Anderson following closely with 553 votes.


Here's how Jordan residents voted Tuesday: 

  • In the U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Jim Newberger took 247 votes in Jordan’s precincts, while Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar came away with 327 votes.
  • In the U.S. Senate Special Election, Karin Housley took the lead with 208 votes, while Democratic incumbent Tina Smith held onto 242 votes.
  • In the gubernatorial races, Republican candidate Jeff Johnson and Lt. Governor candidate Donna Bergstrom took 203 votes in Jordan, and Democratic Representative Tim Walz and Lt. Governor candidate Peggy Flanagan had 147 votes.
  • In the attorney general races, Republican candidate Doug Wardlow took home 154 votes and Democratic candidate Keith Ellison took 139 votes in Jordan.
  • In the Scott County sheriff races, incumbent Luke Hennen took the lead with 486 votes.

Prior Lake 

For the U.S. Senator and special U.S. Senator elections, Prior Lake chose Republican Jim Newberger with 1,085 votes while Republican Karin Housley was tapped for the special election, with 1,037 votes. On the Democratic-Farmer-Labor side, Prior Lake mirrored the state and overwhelmingly chose Amy Klobuchar to move on to the general election with 1,767 votes. For the special election, Democrats tapped Tina Smith with more than 1,329 votes.

As for governor and liuetenant governor, Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom on the GOP side will move on to face Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan from the DFL in November. This was reflected in Prior Lake's vote, with 896 votes for Johnson and 894 for Walz. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty was just behind Johnson in Prior Lake with 755 votes. 

For attorney general, Republicans in Prior Lake tapped Doug Wardlow, while Democrats in Prior Lake selected Keith Ellison. This was reflected in the state level as well and the two will face off in the general election.

As for the Scott County Sheriff primary, which is a nonpartisan election, Prior Lake residents mirrored the county and gave the most votes to Sheriff Luke Hennen and Jason Arras with 1,486 and 1,016 votes, respectively. Hennen and Arras will be on the ballot in November.


In the U.S. Senate race, Shakopee Republicans voted 65 percent in favor of Jim Newberger, who received 1,552 votes. Shakopee Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who received 96 percent of the vote with 2,316 ballots cast in her favor.

In the special election for the remainder of former Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s term, Republicans voted 53 percent in favor of Karin Housley, who received 1,319 votes. Democrats voted 75 percent in favor of Sen. Tina Smith, who was appointed to fill Franken’s seat until a special election can take place in November.

For governor, Shakopee Republicans bucked the statewide trend and voted in favor of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who ultimately lost to Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Pawlenty received 48 percent of the Shakopee vote with 1,292 ballots cast in his favor, while Johnson received 46 percent with 1,247 votes.

Democrats voted 37 percent in favor of Rep. Tim Walz for governor, with Walz receiving 847 votes. Attorney General Lori Swanson received 33 percent of the vote with 757 ballots cast, while Minnesota House Rep. Erin Murphy took away 27 percent of the vote with 620 ballots cast.

For attorney general, it was a close race between Republicans Sharon Anderson and former Minnesota House Rep. Doug Wardlow. Wardlow received 41 percent of the vote with 995 ballots cast, and Anderson received 37 percent with 896 ballots cast.

Democrats chose former Rep. Keith Ellison, who received 51 percent of the vote with 1,123 ballots cast.

The Scott County Sheriff’s race was fairly close in Shakopee. Incumbent Sheriff Luke Hennen took away 35 percent of the vote among Republicans and Democrats combined. He received 1,739 votes in Shakopee. Shakopee police officer Joe Theis and Shakopee police Sgt. Jason Arras both received 29 percent of the vote, with Theis receiving 1,447 votes and Arras receiving 1,423. The fourth challenger, Duane Jirik, received 329 votes in Shakopee.


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