by Dennis Dalman
If the Nov. 4 election had been determined solely by voters in Sartell, Jeff Johnson would be Minnesota governor and Mike McFadden would be a U.S. senator from Minnesota.
A review of precincts on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s election results website shows Sartell voters bucked the state trend in those two categories. In six of the seven city precincts, voters preferred Johnson over Dayton and McFadden over Franken. It was only in Sartell’s second precinct (in Benton County, east side of the river) that voters chose Franken over McFadden by a vote of 325-306.
Although former Sartell mayor Joe Perske received more votes than Tom Emmer for the Sixth U.S. Congressional District seat, voters in the seventh precinct preferred Emmer to Perske by a vote total of 535-465. And in the sixth precinct Perske squeaked past Emmer by only 4 votes – 289-285.
The total votes with all seven precincts tallied are the following:
Governor candidates: Jeff Johnson 2,721; Mark Dayton 2,092.
Senate Candidates: Mike McFadden 2,979; Al Franken 2,489.
Sixth U.S. Congressional Dist. Candidates: Joe Perske 2,859; Tom Emmer 2,605.