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DFL-endorsed McEwen wins out over incumbent Sen. Simonson

Jen McEwen Jen McEwen |  Photo: Jen McEwen for State Senate

Updated: August 12, 2020 09:11 AM

DFL-endorsed Jen McEwen handily won the Minnesota state Senate District 7 primary over incumbent Sen. Erik Simonson. 

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With 97% of precincts reporting at about 11 p.m., McEwen had won 73% of the vote with over 8,100 votes. Simonson had received about 3,000 votes. 

While McEwen received the party endorsement, Simonson was backed by Gov. Tim Walz (DFL-Minn.) and other local DFL leaders. 

McEwen thanked supporters in a Facebook Live Tuesday night. 

"So many volunteers took time to make calls, to talk to their friends and their family and their neighbors," she said. "They put up yard signs, they sent texts. This campaign represents so much work by so many people." 

McEwen also received support from environmental groups like Duluth for Clean Water and the Sierra Club. The Boundary Waters Action Fund called her victory a "win for the Boundary Waters." 

She will face Republican Donna Bergstrom in the general election on Nov. 3. 

Simonson posted on Twitter on Wednesday, saying, "I want to thank Duluth for the incredible opportunity to serve in the Minnesota legislature over the past eight years. It has been an honor and I’m proud of the work we accomplished. I’m committed to ensuring that over the next few months we continue to serve with integrity."

Results may fluctuate before they are finalized because Minnesota clerks will accept absentee ballots until Thursday as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. 

Find full election results here. 

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