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November 7, 2012

Update: DFLer Jensen wins over Dudley

MANKATO — Senate 24

(51 of 51 precincts)

Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, a member of Owatonna School Board, led Vern Swedin, R-Owatonna, by 53 percent to 47 percent. Jensen had 19,247 votes while Swedin tallied 17,285 votes.

The Senate 24 seat was left open after Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, chose to run for Congress. The district stretches from Waseca to Owatonna.


Senate 20

(46 of 46 precincts)

In the open Senate 20 race, former Sen. Kevin Dahle, DFL-Northfield, led Mike Dudley, R-Northfield, a retired FBI agent, by 50.04 percent to 49.84 percent. Dahle had 20,628 votes while Dudley, a teacher, had 20,546 votes.    

The district goes from Le Sueur east to Northfield and up to Jordan and Prior Lake.


Senate 16

(154 of 154 precincts)

Incumbent Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, beat Ted Suss, DFL-Wabasso, by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.

Dahms, a Redwood County commissioner and insurance agency owner, had 20,917 votes, while Suss, a longtime educator and superintendent of Wabasso public schools, had 18,495 votes.

The district includes Brown County and stretches up to Redwood Falls.


Senate 18

(84 of 85 precincts)

Incumbent Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, was leading Steven Shiroo, DFL-Cokato, by 57 percent to 43 percent. Newman had 22,060 votes while Shiroo had 16,003 votes.

The district includes Sibley County and up to the Hutchinson area.


Senate 19

(54 of 54 precincts)

Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, had no opponent. She received 33,290 votes or 98 percent of the vote Tuesday.

The district includes Mankato and Nicollet County.


Senate 23

(145 of 145 precincts)

Incumbent Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, easily beat Paul Marquardt, DFL-rural Eagle Lake, by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin. Rosen had 25,824 votes to Marquardt’s 14,508 votes. Rosen gained widespread attention last session for being the chief author of the successful Vikings stadium bill.

The district stretches from the Iowa boarder  to south of Mankato and east to near Waseca and north past Janesville.


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