Polls open today for primary elections

KIMT News 3 – It’s Primary Election Day in Minnesota. Most polls open at seven and there are several key races on the ballot.

First, five Republicans and one Independent Party candidate are vying to take on Governor Mark Dayton in the General Election in November.  Jeff Johnson is the endorsed Republican Party candidate, but with primary elections seeing a smaller turnout, the outcome may be unpredictable.

Other races on the ballot include the US Senate seat currently held by DFL Senator Al Franken.  12 candidates are running, including Franken.

Two Republicans, Jim Hagedorn and Aaron Miller are looking to face off against incumbent Representative, Tim Walz in Minnesota’s First Congressional District.

We’re also keeping an eye on some local races.  Stephanie Kilen and Cindy Maves are running against Ardell Brede for Rochester Mayor.  In Freeborn County, three people are running for sheriff. They includes current Sheriff, Bob Kindler, and deputies Dale Glazier and Kurt Freitag.

For Minnesota’s primaries, no party declaration is required before voting, therefore, voters can choose between Republicans, DFLers, or Independence Party candidates.

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