Votes continue to get counted on this Election Night, and here are a few updated numbers.
In Minnesota, statewide races include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. With 13.8 % of votes counted, incumbent Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz was ahead of Republican challenger Scott Jensen by a 68% to 29% margin. In the other races, DFLers have also moved ahead for at least the time being. DFLer Keith Ellison had 66% of the vote in the matchup for attorney general against GOP candidate Jim Schultz. The current secretary of state, Democrat Steve Simon, has 70% of the vote and leads Republican Kim Crockett. State Auditor Juile Blaha of the DFL is being challenged Republican Ryan Wilson; she leads with 63% 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; no votes are in yet there. In District 21A, 53 of 127 precincts are in, and incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Schomacker leads DFLer Pat Baustian with 72.9% of the vote..
In the U.,S. House race between Republican Brad Finstad and Jeff Ettinger, it was Finstad with 58 percent of the vote with 55 of 749 precincts reporting.
Meanwhile, In Iowa, voters were choosing their preferred candidates in many of the same statewide races. Also up for election 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 Sen. Dave Rowley is running unopposed. In the U,S, Senate race, Democrat Michael Franken still holds a lead of slightly less than 1,000 votes over longtime incumbent Charles Grassley with 461,000 votes tallied.
Races for Worthington mayor and two Worthington City Council seats still have no vote counts reported. The same goes for the four-way race for the three available seats on the Worthington ISD 518 Board of Education.
Many other election contests, of course, are ongoing in the several other communities that are part of our coverage area.