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Douglas County bucks trend in two statewide races

Douglas County voters parted ways with the rest of Minnesota in two statewide primary elections Tuesday -- the Republican race for governor and the DFL contest for secretary of state.

Local voters favored Marty Seifert for governor, giving him 34 percent of the total votes cast. Kurt Zellers was second with 27 percent, followed by Jeff Johnson with 17 percent and Scott Honour with 14 percent.

Statewide, Johnson was the winner, picking up 30 percent of the vote. Seifert came in third with 21 percent, while Zellers was second with 24 percent and Honour was just behind Seifert, also with 21 percent.

For secretary of state among the DFL candidates, Douglas County voters preferred Dick Franson, giving him 33 percent of the vote, followed by Gregg Iverson with 27 percent and Steve Simon with 21 percent.

Statewide, Simon prevailed with 43 percent of the vote. Franson was second with 29 percent followed closely by Iverson with 28 percent.

The county results followed statewide trends for other main primary races, but the outcomes were closer than the rest of the state. Here's a look at those numbers. The statewide figures are in parenthesis.


Mike McFadden -- 67 percent (72 percent)

Jim Abeler -- 12 percent (15 percent)

David Carlson -- 12 percent (9 percent)


Scott Newman -- 53 percent (63 percent)

Sharon Anderson -- 35 percent (37 percent)


Rebecca Otto -- 69 percent (81 percent)

Matt Entenza -- 22 percent (19 percent)


Stephen Cahill -- 35 percent (40 percent)

Kenneth Kohler -- 19 percent (25 percent)

Cheryl Duysen -- 18 percent (22 percent)

Terry Graff -- 12 percent (13 percent)

UPDATED: A total of 4,654 Douglas County voters went to the polls Tuesday and 309 cast absentee ballots out of 23,296 registered voters. That's a turnout of 21 percent, much better than the statewide turnout of about 12.8 percent.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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