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Primary Results: Who's Moving on to November?

Here are the results of all the primary races that include Northfield.

Results for all races are below the story and updates.

Update: 11:45 p.m.

With all eight of Northfield's precincts reporting, we have our Northfield City Council ballot set for November.

Moving on from the At-Large race is Councilor and . Buckheit led the way with 754 votes, or 42.94 percent of the vote. Ludescher followed with 646 votes (36.94 percent). Joe Gasior received 352 votes (20.13 percent).

"It is always humbling to know hundreds of people give me their support and I will try to continue to earn those votes during the general election campaign against David Ludescher," Buckheit told Patch after the results became public. "Many thanks to my volunteers for their support and their help. And, I couldn't do it without the love, support and guidance of my family and friends. Plus, of course, (I have) a small sigh of relief to be able to move on to the next step. Joe Gasior deserves our respect and thanks for running for office—I hope he will continue to be involved in Northfield public life."

In the Second Ward race, and both collected 112 votes, or 28.8 percent of the vote. Paul Reiland narrowly missed making it through to the general election, just falling short with 104 votes.

In the mayoral race, cruised to 913 votes, or 53.39 of the vote. , who currently serves as one of two At-Large councilors, received 549 votes (32.11 percent). First Ward Councilor Suzie Nakasian was on the ballot, but withdrew from the race in July.

Results, which were collected from the and the Minnesota Secretary of State, are unofficial until approved by the canvassing board.


Other races

  • Republican-endorsed Mike Dudley handily defeated Gene Thomas Kornder to move on in the Senate District 20 race. Dudley will face former Sen. Kevin Dahle, the DFL-endorsed candidate who was unopposed in the Primary.
  • Commissioner Jeff Docken and former Rice County Sheriff Dick Cook will face off in November for Rice County District 5. District 5 runs along the west side of the county and no longer includes any part of Northfield after redistricting.
  • The 700-plus Northfield voters in Dakota County now have two District 1 Commissioner candidates for the November election. Advancing from the five-person race is Mike Slavic, who received 41.75 percent of the vote, and Christy Jo Fogarty, who received 25.1 percent of the vote.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar easily won the U.S. Senate DFL primary. She will face Republican-endorsed Kurt Bills, whose primary was a bit closer than pundits expected. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Bills led David Carlson 51 percent to 35 percent. Stephen Williams advanced in the Independence Party primary.
  • Five-term Congressman John Kline with the Second Congressional Republican primary. He'll face DFLer Mike Obermueller in November's election. 
  • In the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice race, incumbent Lorie Skjerven Gildea along with Dan Griffith will move forward to the general election. Skjerven Gildea received nearly 50 percent of the votes, Griffith received about 29 percent of the votes. Jill Clark came in third with approximately 21 percent of the votes.
  • In the Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Seat 4 race, incumbent David Stras as well as Tim Tingelstad will move forward to the general election. David Stras received about 49 percent of the votes, Tingelstad received approximately 29 percent of the votes. Alan Nelson came in third with about 22 percent of the vote.

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Update: 11:15 p.m.

The 700-plus Northfield voters in Dakota County now have two District 1 Commissioner candidates for the November election.

Advancing from the five-person race is Mike Slavic, who received 41.75 percent of the vote, and Christy Jo Fogarty, who received 25.1 percent of the vote.

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Update: 10:40 p.m.

Betsey Buckheit and David Ludescher will advance from the three-candidate race for the Northfield City Council's At-Large race. With seven precincts reporting, Buckheit has 668 votes, Ludescher has 635 votes and Joe Gasior has 339 votes.

In the city's Second Ward race, Frank Balster and David DeLong tied with 112 votes. Paul Reiland narrowly missed advancing with his 104 votes. Wade Schulz received 61 votes.

In the Primary race for mayor, Dana Graham received 866 votes and Councilor Rhonda Pownell received 526 votes with seven of eight precincts reporting. Councilor Suzie Nakasian, who withdrew from the race, received 219 votes.

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Update: 10 p.m.

With 21 of 46 precincts reporting, it appears Mike Dudley, the Republican-endorsed candidate for State Senate District 20, is well on his way to a win. He currently has nearly 87 percent of the vote, compared to challenger Gene Thomas Kornder, who is at 13 percent of the vote.

With more than 50 percent of precincts reporting, many media outlets are calling the DFL primary for U.S. Senate in favor of Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She currently has 114,071, which is good for 91 percent of the vote.

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Update: 8 p.m.

Polls are closed!

Here are a few fun facts as we wait for results.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Rice County had 34,739 registered voters. Of those, 11,485 of the voters call Northfield home. Another 735 Northfielders who live in the Dakota County precinct of the city were registered to vote by 7 a.m. today. These totals do not include those who registered at polling locations today.

As results come in, we'll mainly update the tables below. Once we have winners, we'll update the top of the story. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section. Thanks!

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Original story: 6:15 p.m. 

Voters in Northfield on Tuesday were asked to throw their support behind several candidates in the primary election, including local, statewide and national contests.

As Patch—along with candidates, voters and media outlets—wait for the polls to close at 8 p.m., you can read more about the candidates at our , in our Election Guide and by clicking on the names below.

In Northfield, we'll have two of three candidates move ahead in the At-Large Council race. Candidates vying for your support are , and . In the Second Ward race, , , and all asked for your support. Two will move on to November's General Election. 

Results will be especially interesting to watch in the Northfield mayoral race. The contest is on the Primary ballot as three candidates filed to run for mayor, but after filing closed in June, Councilor now wasn't the time for her to make a bid for mayor and withdrew from the race. She, however, remained on the primary ballot. Mayoral candidates Dana Graham and Councilor Rhonda Pownell are hopeful they will be the two who move ahead to November's election.

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Northfield At-Large

Candidate Ward-Precinct Votes Vote Percentage All Precincts 751 42.94
82 77.4 179 37.9 69 35 56 28 161 45.3 55 34 139 57.2 9 69.2 All Precincts 352 20.13
1-1 13 12.3 1-2 99 21 2-1 48 24.4 2-2 46 23 3-1 73 20.6 3-2 37 22.8 4-1 35 14.4 4-2 1 7.7 All Precincts 646 36.94 1-1 11 10.4 1-2 194 41.1 2-1 80 40.6 2-2 98 49 3-1 121 34.1 3-2 70 43.2 4-1 69 28.4 4-2 3 Total Votes 1,642

 

Northfield Second Ward

Candidate Precinct Votes Vote Percentage Both Precincts 112 28.8 1 42 23.3 2 70 33.5 Both Precincts 112 28.8 1 73 40.6 2 39 18.7 Both Precincts 104 26.7 1 49 27.2 2 55 26.3 Both Precincts 61 15.7 1 16 8.9 2 45 21.5 Total Votes 389

 

Northfield Mayor

Candidate Ward-Precinct Votes Vote Percentage All Precincts 913 53.39 1-1 47 48 1-2 270 58 2-1 102 53.4 2-2 121 59.9 3-1 177 51.3 3-2 84 51.9 4-1 108 46.8 4-2 4 28.6 All Precincts 549 32.11 1-1 22 22.4 1-2 126 27 2-1 70 36.6 2-2 58 28.7 3-1 119 34.5 3-2 67 41.4 4-1 81 35.1 4-2 5 35.7

 
(WITHDRAWN)

All Precincts 248 14.5 1-1 29 29.6
1-2 70 15 2-1 19 10 2-2 23 11.4 3-1 49 14.2 3-2 11 6.8 4-1 42 18.2 4-2 5 35.7 Total Votes 1,611

U.S. Senate

4,065 of 4,102 precincts

Candidate Party Votes Vote Percentage Dick Franson Democratic-Farmer-Labor 6,750 2.53 Amy Klobuchar* Democratic-Farmer-Labor 181,552 90.81 Jack Edward Shepard Democratic-Farmer-Labor 6,563 3.28 Darryl Stanton Democratic-Farmer-Labor 5,060 2.53 Kurt Bills  Republican 62,657 51.31 David Carlson Republican 43,002 35.21 Bob Carney Jr. Republican 16,459 13.48 Glen R. Anderson Menze Independence 2,015 40.25 Stephen Williams Independence 2,991 59.75 Total Votes


U.S. Representative District 2

291 of 291 precincts

Candidate Party Votes Vote Percentage John Kline* Republican 15,859 85.12 David Gerson Republican 2,772 14.88 Mike Obermueller  DFL 11,629 100 Total


Minnesota Senate District 20

46 of 46 precincts

Candidate Party Votes Vote Percentage Mike Dudley Republican 2,590 86.62 Gene Thomas Kornder Republican 400 13.38 DFL 2,324 100 Total Votes


Rice County Commissioner District 5

10 of 10 precincts

Candidate Votes Vote Percentage Edward Guy Bastyr 26 3.41 Michael Isaacson 57 7.47 Jeff Docken* 375 49.15 Richard Cook 305 39.97 Total Votes 763


Dakota County Commissioner District 1

34 of 34 precincts

Candidate Votes Vote Percentage Dean Birnstengel 106 3.44 Brian Jaye Budenski 243 7.89 Christy Jo Fogarty 773 25.1 Mark A. Henry 672 21.82 Mike Slavik 1,286 41.75 Total Votes


Minnesota Supreme Court

4,065 of 4,102 precincts

Candidate Seat Votes Vote Percentage Jill Clark Chief Justice 60,893
21.66 Lorie Skjerven Gildea* Chief Justice 143,313 49.75 Dan Griffith Chief Justice 84,550 29.35 Alan Nelson Assoc. Justice—SC 4 60,893 21.66 * Assoc. Justice—SC 4 137,517 48.92 Assoc. Justice—SC 4 82,722 29.42 Total Votes

*Incumbent

Jane B McWilliams August 15, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Thanks for this resource, Corey! I'm out east and am pleased to have it to keep in touch with the election results.
Corey Butler Jr. August 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thanks for coming along for the ride. Refresh, refresh, refresh! :)
James Wells August 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The official MN sec of state results seem to disagree about the second place finisher in both Supreme Court races. It seems that both GOP-backed candidates actually placed third and neither will not be on the ballot in Nov.

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