Primary election today

The Minnesota Primary Election takes place today.

The primary will determine which candidates appear on the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The District 88 referendum will ask voters whether to approve a bond of $46.9 million for the acquisition and improvement of school sites and facilities. If approved, the district would build a new high school on the western edge of New Ulm and update Jefferson Elementary, Washington Elementary and the current high school.

District 88 boundaries fall within Brown, Nicollet and Blue Earth counties, including the cities of New Ulm, Lafayette and Hanska. Residents seeking to identify their polling place should contact the county auditor’s office, or visit the appropriate county’s website or consult the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Starting time for polling places varies from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; however, all polling places close at 8 p.m.

The state-wide races include contests for the Republican party for governor. GOP candidates are Marty Seifert, Kurt Zellers, Merrill Anderson, Jeff Johnson and Scott Honour. The primary winner will probably face incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton in November.

The U.S. Senate GOP Primary includes candidates David Carlson, Ole Savior, Jim Abeler, Patrick Munro and Mike McFadden.

McFadden received the Republican endorsement during the state convention in May. The winner of the primary will likely face off against Democrat incumbent Al Franken. who is being challenged in the primary by Sandra Henningsgard.

The U.S. House 1st District seat currently held by Democrat Tim Walz will be up for election in November. Walz is running unopposed. The two GOP candidates are Jim Hagedorn and Aaron Miller. Miller is the endorsed Republican candidate.

Other primary races include secretary of state. Democratic candidates are Dick Franson, Gregg Iverson, and Steve Simon. The Republican candidate is Dan Severson. Independent candidates are Bob Helland and David Singleton.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Lori Swanson is the Democratic candidate. Republican candidates are Scott Newman and Sharon Anderson.

Matt Entenza and incumbent Rebecca Otto are facing off in the Democratic race for state auditor. Otto is the incumbent. The Republican candidate is Randy Gilbertson.

Election information is available on websites of individual counties. The information includes, polling locations and start times. Polls close at 8 p.m.

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