9:55 p.m. -- Election Update

The votes keep coming -- or getting counted -- on Election night.


Minnesota statewide races include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor. With 22% of votes counted (901 of 4,103 precincts), incumbent Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz is ahead of Republican challenger Scott Jensen by a 63% to 34% margin. In the other races, DFLers are also in front. DFLer Keith Ellison has 61% of the vote in the matchup for attorney general against GOP candidate Jim Schultz. The current secretary of state, Democrat Steve Simon, has 65% of the vote and leads Republican Kim Crockett. State Auditor Juile Blaha of the DFL is being challenged Republican Ryan Wilson; she leads with 58% 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 17 of 83 precints in, it's Fogelman with 73.6%. In District 21A, 60 of 127 precincts are in, and incumbent GOP Rep. Joe Schomacker leads DFLer Pat Baustian with 73% of the vote.


In the U.S. House race between Republican Brad Finstad and Jeff Ettinger, it's currently Finstad with 58 percent of the vote with 106 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 In the U.S. Senate race, longtime incumbent Republican Charles Grassley has moved ahead of Michael Franken by nearly 67,000 votes with 46 of 99 counties reporting. For the House seat, Republican Randy Feenstra currently has a healthy lead.


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.



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