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Hubbard County voters favored Republicans

Hubbard County vote totals looked quite different from statewide results in key Minnesota races.

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Voters went to the polls Tuesday during the final day of voting in this year's election.
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Both of Hubbard County’s Republican state senators, Paul Utke (Dist. 5) and Steve Green (Dist. 2), were re-elected as voting wrapped up Tuesday in elections for Congress, the State Legislature and other statewide offices.

Vote totals, based on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, are unofficial pending certification of election results.

Legislative races

In nine northern Hubbard County townships, Green received 1,714 votes (67%) over Democratic-Farmer-Labor challenger Leonard Alan Roy's 844 (33%) and 2 write-ins.

In the remainder of Hubbard County, Utke received 5,421 votes (67.3%) over DFL challenger A. John Peters’ 2,627 (32.6%) and 5 write-ins.

Running for the Minnesota House in Dist. 2B, Republican incumbent Rep. Matt Bliss received 1,717 votes (66.9%) in Hubbard County, defeating DFL challenger Erika Bailey-Johnson with 850 votes (33.1%) and 1 write-in.

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In a race for House Dist. 5A, Republican Krista Knudsen won, with 5,189 votes (64.8%) in Hubbard County to DFL candidate Brian M. Hobson’s 2,817 (35.2%) and 4 write-ins.

Statewide offices

In a six-way race for governor and lieutenant governor, DFL incumbents Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan won statewide. It was a different story in Hubbard County, however, with 6,590 votes for Republicans Scott Jensen and Matt Birk (61.9%) and 3,672 for Walz and Flanagan (34.5%). County voters also gave 112 votes to Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis candidates Steve Patterson and Matt Huff, 155 to James McCaskel and David Sandbeck of Legal Marijuana Now, 105 to Hugh McTavish and Mike Winter of Independence-Alliance, 12 to Socialist Workers candidates Gabrielle M. Prosser and Kevin A. Dwire and 3 write-ins.

Secretary of State Steve Simon (DFL) won re-election over Republican Kim Crockett. In Hubbard County, the vote was 6,596 for Crockett (62.4%), 3,977 for Simon (37.6%) and 5 write-ins.

Julie Blaha, the DFL incumbent running for state auditor, eked a narrow victory statewide over Republican challenger Ryan Wilson. In Hubbard County, Wilson led with 6,686 votes (63.4%) followed by Blaha with 3,373 (32%), Will Finn (Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis) with 169, Tim Davis (Legal Marijuana Now) with 306, and 5 write-ins.

Incumbent Attorney General Keith Ellison (DFL) also shaved a thin margin of victory over Republican Jim Schultz. In Hubbard County, Schultz led with 7,046 votes (66.4%) to Ellison’s 3,556 (33.5%) and 10 write-ins.

Federal races

In the race for U.S. Congress for District 7, Republican incumbent Rep. Michelle Fischbach defeated DFL challenger Jill Abahsain and Legal Marijuana Now candidate Travis “Bull” Johnson. In Hubbard County, Fischbach took 3,671 votes (63.5%) to Abahsain’s 1,756 (30.4%), Johnson’s 357 votes and 1 write-in.

In Hubbard County, CD7 includes Straight River, Hubbard, Crow Wing Lake, Badoura, Todd, Henrietta, Nevis, White Oak, Mantrap and a portion of Akeley townships.

The remainder of Hubbard County lies in Congressional Dist. 8, where Republican incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber defeated DFL challenger Jen Schultz’. In Hubbard County, Stauber received 3,180 votes (66%) to Schultz’s 1,633 (33.9%) and 2 write-ins.

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