PRIMARY UPDATE 12:43 AM: Final results show Meyer and Anderson winning District 4The final results are finally in for the primary election in Douglas County.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
The final results are finally in for the primary election in Douglas County.
Alexandria Ward 1, precinct 1 arrived at the courthouse a few minutes before 11 p.m. and all the votes have been counted.
Charlie Meyer is the winner in District 4 and incumbent Paul C. Anderson also advanced but only by 28 votes.
In the District 2 race, James Stratton and incumbent Norm Salto prevailed.
As reported earlier, the winners in District 3 were incumbent Bev Bales and Jerry Rapp. They both won by wide margins.
Here are the final unofficial results:
Douglas County Commissioner District 2, with 6 of 6 precincts reporting
James Stratton -- 315
Norm Salto -- 253
Jim Hafdal -- 226
Douglas County Commissioner District 3, with 10 of 10 precincts reporting
Bev Bales -- 432
Jerry Rapp -- 318
Bert Pexsa -- 161
David Erickson -- 49
Douglas County Commissioner District 4, with 3 of 3 precincts reporting
Charlie Meyer -- 317
Paul C. Anderson -- 224
Bill Dropik -- 196
Don Kortie Jr. -- 64
The two top vote-getters in each of those districts will appear on general election ballot this fall.
Also, in Minnesota House District 8B, a primary election took place between DFL candidates Bruce Campbell and Bob Cunniff. Cunniff won easily with 1,058 votes to Campbell's 291, and he'll be on the ballot against Republican Mary Franson this November.
Douglas County voters bucked statewide trends by snubbing the Republican-endorsed challenger to take on U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. They favored Republican David Carlson, giving him 48 percent of the vote compared to Bills' 35 percent. Statewide, Bills won handily with 52 percent of the vote to Carlson's 35 percent.
In the Independence Party U.S. Senate race, Douglas County voters also went against the rest of the state by supporting Glen Anderson Menze, giving him 51 votes to Stephen Williams' 35. Statewide, the results were flip-flopped with Williams receiving 60 percent of the vote.
As expected, Klobuchar cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, garnering 91 percent of the votes statewide and 88 percent of the total in Douglas County.
The two Minnesota Supreme Court races didn't hold any surprises. Both incumbents, Lorie Skjerven Gildea and David Stras, won at the county and state level. Also advancing were Dan Griffith, who will face Skjerven Gildea, and Tim Tingelstad, who will oppose Stras on the ballot.