Local Primary Results 15 Aug 12

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday for Minnesota’s Primary Elections, although not in that great of numbers. Statewide voter turnout was at around 15% for the Primary. In Brown County it was at 10.69%. Brown County Auditor/Treasurer Marlin Helget says that a total of 1,340 ballots were cast in the county for Tuesday’s Primary. Republican Al Quist bested GOP rival Mike Parry in southern Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, and now takes on Democratic Incumbent Tim Walz in the General Election. Quist received 54% of the vote to Parry’s 46%. Republican US Senate candidate Kurt Bills defeated 2 challengers to face off against Democratic Incumbent Amy Klobuchar, and farmer Stephen Williams beat accountant Glen Menze to carry the Independence Party banner in the US Senate race. In the 3-person race for the 1st District Nicollet County Board seat, Incumbent Marie Dranttel and Terry Genelin will advance to the General Election. Dranttel received 69% of the votes and Genelin 22%, while James Golgart came in 3rd with 9%. The top vote-getters of the District 5 Martin County Board race were Steve Flohrs of rural Ormsby and Keith Hartmann of rural Northrop.