11 p.m. -- Election Update
Some races are virtually locked up -- others remain toss-ups.
There are now early, partial results of races for Worthington mayor and two Worthington City Council seats. Rick von Holdt has 538 votes in the three-way race for mayor; Chad Cummings has 457 and Rod Sankey 69 with three of 10 precincts reporting. None of the Ward 1 City Council votes have been reported. For Ward 2 Council, three of five precincts are in and America Voss has 462 votes, Alaina Kolpin 461 and Nathalie Tshioko Nkashama 99.
In the four-way race for the three available seats on the Worthington ISD 518 Board of Education, 22 of 29 precincts are now in. Adam Blume has 1,554 votes, Erin Schutte 1,514, Lori Dudley 1,310 and "Butch" Fletcher 813.
Minnesota statewide races include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. With 51.2% of votes counted (2,103 of 4,103 precincts), incumbent Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz is ahead of Republican challenger Scott Jensen by a 56% to 41% margin. In the other races, DFLers are also in front. DFLer Keith Ellison has 54% of the vote in the matchup for attorney general against GOP candidate Jim Schultz. The current secretary of state, Democrat Steve Simon, has 58% 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 51% of the vote.
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 63 of 83 precincts in, it's Fogelman with 67.8%. In District 21A, 121 of 127 precincts are in, and incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Schomacker leads DFLer Pat Baustian with 74.1% of the vote.
In the U.S. House race between Republican Brad Finstad and Jeff Ettinger, it's currently Finstad with 56 percent of the vote with 383 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 is ahead of Michael Franken by more than 155,000 votes with 93 of 99 counties reporting. For the House seat, Republican Randy Feenstra also has kept a sizeable advantage. Gov. Kim Reynolds is also on the verge of capturing 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.