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Torey Van Oot
11 mins ago - Politics

Top takeaways from Minnesota primary results

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Voters across Minnesota went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state's primary election. Here's a look at the results in some of the most closely-watched races.


DFL U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar narrowly won her primary over moderate challenger Don Samuels in the Minneapolis-based 5th Congressional District.

Torey Van Oot
Updated 23 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Republican Brad Finstad wins special election for Minnesota House seat

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Brad Finstad. Photo courtesy of Finstad for Congress

Republican Brad Finstad won a special election to fill the remainder of late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: Finstad, a former legislator and USDA rural development director, defeated Democratic nominee and former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger.

Nick Halter
3 hours ago - Business

Sun Country hamstrung by pilot shortage

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Sun Country lost money last quarter. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images

Sun Country lost money last quarter for the first time in 2.5 years as the Twin Cities-based airline couldn’t capitalize on surging demand for domestic travel.

What happened: Sun Country lost $4 million on sales of $219 million in the second quarter and its share price fell by 11% Tuesday.

Jim Schultz wins GOP primary for Minnesota attorney general

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Jim Schulz and Keith Ellison. Photos: Jim

Jim Schultz has won the Republican nomination to challenge Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in November, AP reports.

The big picture: Schultz, an attorney and political newcomer who was endorsed by the state Republican Party, defeated 2018 GOP attorney general nominee Doug Wardlow, a lawyer for MyPillow founder and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, in Tuesday's primary.

Ilhan Omar wins primary against moderate challenger by narrow margin

Don Samuels and Ilhan Omar
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) and Don Samuels. Photos courtesy of the Don Samuels campaign and the U.S. House of Representatives

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar narrowly defeated her well-funded challenger Don Samuels in Tuesday's Democratic Primary, the AP reports.

The big picture: Samuels, a former City Council member, had sought to position himself as a more moderate option for the Minneapolis-based 5th Congressional District.

  • But voters in the safe Democratic district backed Omar, a progressive firebrand who gained national prominence as the first Somali woman elected to Congress, by a razor-thin margin.

Republican Scott Jensen to take on Tim Walz for Minnesota governor

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Scott Jensen and Gov. Tim Walz Photos: Minneosta Legislature/Minnesota Governor's Office

Scott Jensen won Tuesday's Republican primary for Minnesota governor and is now the challenger to incumbent Democrat Gov. Tim Walz in the November election.

Driving the news: Jensen and Walz both sailed to victory in their respective primary bids, the Associated Press projects.

Officers win $1.4M in discrimination suit over guarding Derek Chauvin

A journalist watches their mobile phone showing Derek Chauvin as the verdict in his trial over the death of George Floyd is announced in Minneapolis on April 20, 2021. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed to a $1.455 million settlement with corrections officers who sued after they were prevented from guarding former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin due to their race.

Driving the news: The board agreed to resolve the discrimination claims and formally apologized to the eight current and former correctional officers of the Ramsey County Adult Detention Facility.

Torey Van Oot
Aug 9, 2022 - Politics

What to watch in Minnesota's 2022 primary election

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Minnesota voters head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election. Here's a sampling of some of the most closely watched races on the ballot.

Republican attorney general race

The most competitive statewide primary is the Republican attorney general race between Jim Schulz, the party-endorsed candidate, and Doug Wardlow, who was the GOP's nominee in 2018.