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Alexandria School Board and Miller-Rasmusson race heat up primary

Douglas County voters bucked the trend in Senate District 9.

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ALEXANDRIA — A total of 4,782 Douglas County residents voted in the primary election Tuesday. Another 1,026 turned in absentee or early ballots, raising the total to 5,808.

That’s down a little from the 2018 primary that drew 6,220 votes after two Douglas County Board races were contested.

A big part of the 2022 primary were two Alexandria School Board races that drew three or more candidates, which triggered a primary.

The winners for position 3 were Shawn Reilly, who collected 1,880 votes or 41.89% of the total, and Lynne Lommen who received 1,442 votes or 32.13%. They will both be on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

Other position 3 candidates were Joel Novak with 645 votes or 14.37% and Greg Odell with 521 votes or 11.61% of the total.

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In the position 4 race, incumbent Sandy Susag picked up 2,240 votes or 49.79% of the total, followed by Laura Knudsen with 1,744 votes or 38.76%. They will be on the ballot in November.

A third candidate for position 4, Dennis Conn, who withdrew from the race too late to remove his name on the ballot, received 515 votes or 11.45%.

County voters favor Miller over Rasmusson

In a Republican primary race in Minnesota Senate District 9, Douglas County voters bucked the trend of other precincts in the district. They favored the non-endorsed candidate, Nathan Miller of Battle Lake, over Jordan Rasmusson of Fergus Falls.

Miller, with his campaign catch phrase, “It’s Miller Time,” received 685 votes in Douglas County or 58.05% of the vote, over the GOP-endorsed Rasmusson, who picked up 495 votes or 41.95%.

Miller won some precincts in the county by a 2:1 ratio or more, including the city of Brandon (47-23), city of Evansville (52-15), Evansville Township (34-9), Lund Township (49-11), Millerville Township (36-8) Solem Township (22-9) and Urness Township (34-8).

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Nathan Miller

District-wide, however, Rasmusson won by 3 percentage points, edging Miller with 5,738 votes or 51.59% to Miller’s 5,385 votes or 48.41%.

Rasmussen will now be on the November ballot against the DFL-endorsed candidate, Cornel Walker of Fergus Falls.

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Jordan Rasmusson

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Other primary races

In the primary race for U.S. Representative District 7, DFLers in Douglas County heavily supported Jill Abahsain over Alycia Gruenhagen, giving her 1,117 votes or 62.93% of the vote to Gruenhagen’s 658 votes or 37.07%. District-wide, Abahsain received 59.01% of the vote.

Other races were mostly landslides. Here are the results in Douglas County compared to the statewide results (in parenthesis):

  • Governor, Republican – Scott Jensen 3,257 votes or 91.85% (89.31% statewide) over Joyce Lynne Lacey and Bob Carney.
  • Governor, DFL – Tim Walz 1,923 votes or 96.05% (96.53%) over Ole Savior.
  • Secretary of State, Republican – Kim Crocket 1,987 votes or 61.03% (63.15%) over Erik van Mechelen.
  • Secretary of State, DFL – Steve Simon 1,146 votes or 63.53% (72.51%) over Steve Carlson.
  • Attorney General, Republican – Jim Schultz 1,560 votes or 46.32% (52.51%) over Doug Wardlow and Sharon Anderson.
  • Attorney General, DFL – Keith Ellison 1,692 votes or 87.22% (89.35%) over Bill Dahn.
Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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