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Blum Defeats Meisinger for GOP Ticket in Dist. 52A

Joe Blum will take on DFLer Rep. Rick Hansen on Nov. 6 to represent the Mendota Heights area, as well as West St. Paul and part of South St. Paul.

Editor's Note: Check back Wednesday for more race results and comment. Voting totals provided Tuesday night by the Secretary of State are unofficial.

Republican  was chosen by voters Tuesday to face in November's general election.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Blum secured 54 percent of the vote while picked up 46 percent for the chance to vie for 

It was a close race until the end between Meisinger, a West St. Paul businessman, and Blum, an operations manager and scout for the Maple Grove Energy Junior A hockey team. With 50 percent of precincts reporting, the votes were nearly split 49.58 percent to 50.62 percent in favor of Blum.

Primary Results MN Dist. 52A

Candidate Party Percent Vote Count Joe Blum GOP 53.74% 704 David Meisinger
GOP
46.26%
606 Rick Hansen DFL 100% 1,242

In other primary races, was chosen as the GOP candidate and Stephen Williams was chosen as the Independence candidate to face incumbent  for U.S. Senate.

In the race for U.S. Representative District 2, will face off against .

Judicial Races

The two top candidates in each nonpartisan race move forward to the November 2012 election. With the majority of state precincts reporting, as of 12:30 a.m. Aug. 15, here are the results:

In the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice race, incumbent Lorie Skjerven Gildea along with Dan Griffith will move forward to the general election. Skjerven Gildea received nearly 50 percent of the votes, Griffith received about 29 percent of the votes. Jill Clark came in third with approximately 20 percent of the votes.

In the Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Seat 4 race, incumbent David Stras as well as Tim Tingelstad will move forward to the general election. David Stras received about 49 percent of the votes, Tingelstad received approximately 29 percent of the votes. Alan Nelson came in third with about 21percent of the vote.

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Pat August 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I am excited to see Joe Blum win his primary run for MN House of Representatives. Joe is not a career politician, something we desperately need more of in Minnesota! As your Representative, Joe will work hard to bring some sanity back to the way our state government does business, and encourage, rather than discourage, economic growth through sound policy - and frankly, getting government out of the way. To find out more about Joe visit his website at joeblum.org, or connect with him on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoeBlumForMnHouse52a.
Mark J. Westpfahl August 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Congratulations Joe! Residents of 52A, as well as Minnesotan's throughout the state, will be lucky to have you serving in St. Paul on their behalf! Only 83 days until we get to send you there! Keep up the good work.
Nick August 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Congrats to Joe! This is a big win for everyone in 52A as there is finally an alternative to the big government policies from Rep. Hansen.

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