by TaLeiza Calloway
St. Joseph residents will see some familiar faces on the ballot in November.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater) defeated challengers Stephen Thompson and Aubrey Immelman in Tuesday’s primary election. In the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Bachmann will face DFL Democratic candidate Jim Graves to represent the 6th Congressional District.
Bachmann had about 81 percent of the vote as of press time Wednesday morning in the primary election. She held the lead with 14,569 votes while Thompson trailed with 1,190 nods. Immelman had 6.7 percent with 1,272 votes.
Here are the results of other state races.
State Senate District 13
Incumbent Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) earned 90 percent of the Republican vote Tuesday. Republican challenger Fadumo Yusuf had 9.9 percent of the vote. Fischbach will run against DFL challenger Peggy Boeck in the general election.
U.S. Congressional opponents
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minneapolis) and Kurt Bills (R-Rosemount) dominated Tuesday in their respective parties. Klobuchar garnered 90 percent of the total vote with 269 of 280 precincts reporting as of press time, clinching her Democratic primary. She garnered 183,765 votes.
Bills, a first-term state representative and high school teacher, easily defeated Republican challengers David Carlson and Bob Carney Jr. with 55 percent of the vote. Bills recieved 63,423 votes. Klobuchar and Bills will face off in November.
Independent candidate Stephen Williams had 59.7 percent of votes to defeat challenger Glen R. Anderson Menze. Williams recieved 3,071 votes while Anderson Menze trailed with 2,073 nods.
Lorie Skjerven Gildea led the race for Supreme Court Chief Justice. The incumbent had 49.6 percent of the vote. Challenger Dan Griffith closely followed with 29.3 percent.
In the race for Associate Justice 4, incumbent David R. Stras led his opponents with 48.8 percent of the vote. Stras defeated Tim Tingelstad and Alan Nelson.