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UPDATED: Republicans Fogelman, Weber survive primary challenges

Marj Fogelman of rural Fulda will be the Republican candidate for the Minnesota District 21B House seat.

Fogelman, the party’s endorsed candidate, was facing off against Jayesun Sherman of Windom in Tuesday’s primary election. With all precincts in, Fogelman wound up with 82.42% of the Republican vote compared to Sherman’s 17.58%.

Fogelman will now face DFL candidate Michael Heidelberger of Brewster, who had no opponent in Tuesday’s primary, in the November general election. The winner will occupy the House seat long held by retiring Rep. Rod Hamilton.

There was an additional primary race among Republicans in Senate District 21. Incumbent Bill Weber of Luverne easily outdistanced challenger Brad Hutchinson of Mountain Lake by a 77.33% to 22.67% margin with all precincts reporting.

In the Minnesota First Congressional District race to replace the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn for the final months of his term, party-endorsed Brad Finstad easily topped GOP primary challenger Jeremy Munson, and DFL-endorsed candidate Jeff Ettinger also had a lopsided primary victory. With all precincts reporting early Wednesday, Finstad -- a farmer and former state legislator -- held a lead of about 5,000 votes — about 4 percentage points — over former Hormel Foods CEO Ettinger. Finstad and Ettinger will meet again in the November election to seek a two-year term.

Another watched race was the Republican primary for Minnesota Attorney General and the right to challenge Keith Ellison in November. The party’s endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz, won by nearly 20 percentage points over challenger Doug Wardlow.

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