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County has higher turnout for primary

Hubbard County voters turned out in more force than the state average for Tuesday's primary, with 17.7 percent going to the polls.

Of the county's 12,437 registered voters, 2,205 cast ballots. The state turnout was estimated to be 9 percent.

Park Rapids' David Collins lost in a cliffhanger race to upset endorsed candidate Steve Green for the Republican House Dist. 2B seat Tuesday night.

In the end, Green had garnered 790 votes. Collins had 688. Green will go on to face former DFL Rep. Brita Sailer in the November election.

Early in the returns, Collins trailed by a wide margin, struggling to break above 20 percent. When Park Rapids' precincts came in, he took the lead, soaring to 51 percent of the vote.

The race teetered back and forth until late Tuesday, when the Becker County returns came in. There, Collins lost by a wide margin.

In the other closely watched Hubbard County race, longtime commissioner Lyle Robinson survived a challenge by three opponents in District 4.

He will face Dan Stacey in the November election. Here are the vote totals: Robinson 248, Stacey 102, Ralph Sanquist 95 and Teresa Rick 59.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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