Sheriff's Deputy Derek Olson and Chippewa County Attorney candidate Matthew Haugen garnered the most votes in Tuesday's primary Elec­tion.

Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Olson and Chippewa County Attorney candidate Matthew Haugen garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s primary Elec­tion.

Unofficial results from Tuesday show Derek Olson receiving 1,289 votes, while Shawn Joyce received 963 votes, and Brian Hanson received 276 votes.

In the race for County Attorney, Matthew Haugen received 1,165 votes, Douglas Kluver received 814, votes, and Krystal Lynne received 513 votes.

Olson and Joyce will face each other in November’s General Election, as will Haugen and Kluver.

In the state primary race for governor, Tim Walz won the Democratic Primary, garnering 242,162 votes. Erin Murphy conceded the race after receiving 186,367 votes. Lori Swanson’s bid fell short with 142,043 votes.

On the Republican side of the gubernatorial primary, Jeff Johnson dashed Tim Pawlenty’s comeback bid by receiving 167,922 votes to Pawlenty’s 140,120 votes.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Democratic incumbent Amy Klobu­char overwhelmingly won the primary with 554,611 votes, which was 95.7 percent of all votes cast.

She will face Republican Jim Newber­ger in November. Newberger garnered 69.5 percent of the votes in the Republican Primary.

In the U.S. Senate Special Primary race to fill Al Franken’s seat, Tina Smith, who currently occupies the seat, received 431,477 votes, or 76 percent of all votes cast. Smith will face Repub­lican Karin Housley who tallied 185,000 votes.

In the primary race for U.S. House, District 7, Democrat incumbent Collin Peterson ran unopposed. Republicans selected Dave Hughes, who garnered 72.6 percent of the vote, to take on Peterson in November.

Election Clarification

  In the Chippewa County Primary Election for sheriff and county attorney, Derek Olson and Shawn Joyce will face off in November’s General Election, as will Matthew Haugen and Doug Kluver.   Primary elections are like preliminaries in sporting events. In sporting events, the top two, three, four, etc., finishers move on to the finals.   Minnesota’s Primary Election works in the same way by narrowing down the field of candidates ahead of this November’s General Election.   Apparently, there are people removing election signs for these county candidates from their properties because they think the election is over for them.

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