11:30 p.m. -- Election Update
It's still Election Day on the calendar, and more results are taking shape.
There are now seven of 10 precincts in for Worthington. Rick von Holdt has 1,052 votes in the three-way race for mayor; Chad Cummings has 806 and Rod Sankey 156. Two of the five of the Ward 1 City Council precincts' votes are in, and incumbent Larry Janssen has 169 votes compared to 131 for Cristina Adame. For Ward 2 Council, all five precincts are in, and incumbent Alaina Kulpin garnered 754 votes compared to America Voss with 683 votes and Nathalie Tshioko Nkashama with 194.
In the four-way race for the three available seats on the Worthington ISD 518 Board of Education, 26 of 29 precincts have come in. Erin Schutte has 2,170 votes, Adam Blume 2,099, Lori Dudley 1,887 and "Butch" Fletcher 1,134.
Minnesota statewide races include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. With 65.8% of votes counted (2,699 of 4,103 precincts), incumbent Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz is ahead of Republican challenger Scott Jensen by a 54% to 43% margin. In the other races, DFLers are also in front. DFLer Keith Ellison has 52.4% of the vote in the matchup for attorney general against GOP candidate Jim Schultz. The current secretary of state, Democrat Steve Simon, has 57% of the vote and leads Republican Kim Crockett. State Auditor Juile Blaha of the DFL is being challenged by Republican Ryan Wilson and two others; she leads with 49.4% of the vote while Wilson has 45.1%.
In southwest Minnesota, voters also made choices for offices that include Minnesota House representatives in District 21A and District 21B and the District 1 U.S. House of Representatives seat.
In District 21B, it's Republican Marj Fogelman against Democrat Michael Heidelberger, and with 72 of 83 precincts in, it's Fogelman with 67%. In District 21A, all 127 precincts are in, and incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Schomacker defeated DFLer Pat Baustian with 74.3% of the vote.
In the U.S. House race between Republican Brad Finstad and Jeff Ettinger, it's Finstad with 56 percent of the vote with 503 of 749 precincts reporting.
Up for election in Iowa were one of the state's two seats in the U.S. Senate and the state's District 4 seat in the U.S. House. State In the U.S. Senate race, longtime incumbent Republican Charles Grassley was well in front of Michael Franken by nearly 160,000 votes with 95 of 99 counties reporting. For the House seat, Republican Randy Feenstra defeated challenger Ryan Melton by a more than 2-1 margin. Gov. Kim Reynolds also easily captured a new four-year term.
Many other election contests, of course, are ongoing in the several other communities that are part of our coverage area.