County primary mirrors state results
Douglas County voters were in sync with the rest of Minnesota in the Aug. 14 primary election.
In all nine primary races, they preferred the same candidates as those who received the most votes state- or district-wide.
The percentages were a bit different, however.
The Republican race for governor between Tim Pawlenty and Jeff Johnson, for example, was tighter here, with Johnson picking up 50.5 percent of the votes compared to Pawlenty's 46.0 percent. Statewide, Johnson prevailed with 53 percent of the vote.
The county once again leaned toward conservative candidates. Of the 6,220 ballots cast, 3,304 voted on the Republican side of the ballot while 2,861 selected Democratic candidates. (Some voters didn't vote in partisan races and there were some crossover ballots that didn't count.)
Voter turnout in Douglas County was fairly strong. Vicki Doehling, the county's elections administrator, put it at 25 percent, which was better than the 21 percent who voted in the primary four years ago.
Races for two Douglas County Board positions contributed to the uptick. Turnout in eight of the nine precincts that had county board candidates on the ballot topped 25 percent and four had turnouts of more than 30 percent.
Countywide, the best turnout was in the city of Forada where 39 percent of voters cast ballots. The lowest turnout was in the city of Osakis — which didn't have a county board primary. Less than 18 percent of Osakis voters went to the polls.
Here's a list of the Minnesota candidates who were in the primary ballot and final vote totals from Douglas County:
U.S. Senate (full six-year term)
Rae Hart Anderson—270
Rocky De La Fuente— 179
Amy Klobuchar (incumbent)—2,690
David Robert Groves—36
U.S. Senate (to fill two years of Al Franken's term)
Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey—60
Ali Chehem Ali—35
Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.—19
U.S. House District 7
Jeff Johnson-Donna Bergstrom—1,666
Tim Pawlenty-Michelle Fischbach—1,517
Matt Cruse-Thomas Loeffler—117
Tim Walz-Peggy Flanagan—1,233
Lori Swanson-Rick Nolan—963
Erin Murphy-Erin Maye-Quade—591
Tim Holden-James Mellin II—36
Ole Savior-Chris Edman—17