2 Republican Candidates Pull Out of Special Senate Election

Updated: January 09, 2019 06:37 PM

Two Republican candidates tell WDIO they plan to withdraw from a state Senate special election in east-central Minnesota, leaving one Republican, two Democrats, and one Legal Marijuana Now candidate in the race.

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The filing deadline for the 11th District state Senate race was Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to withdraw from the race.  Republicans Justin Krych and Carl O. Pederson tell WDIO they will withdraw from the race after party members endorced Rep. Jason Rarick at an endorsing convention in Hinckley on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, DFL'ers Michelle Lee and Stu Lourey are headed for a Jan. 22 primary election in the race.  Stu Lourey is the son of Tony Lourey, who left the seat to serve as state Human Services Commissioner.

The winner of the DFL primary will face Rarick and John "Sparky" Birrenbach of the Legal Marijuana Now party on the Feb. 5 special general election ballot.

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