North-central MN counties lean red in national races

According to unofficial results, across the entire 7th Congressional District, Republican Michelle Fischbach defeated DFL-er Collin Peterson, with about 54 percent of the vote.

In Beltrami County, Peterson had 111 more votes than Fischbach, but Fischbach had about 1,500 more votes than Peterson in Clearwater County.

Republican Pete Stauber will hold his seat in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, gaining about 57 percent of the vote.

In Beltrami County, Stauber defeated DFL-er Quinn Nystrom by about 2,800 votes, won by about 2,500 votes in Cass County, and by about 4,000 votes in Hubbard County.

In the U.S. Senate Race, with all but 10 of the state’s precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Tina Smith won about 5 percent more votes than Republican challenger Jason Lewis, but Lewis appeared to be favored in north-central Minnesota.

In Beltrami County, Lewis had about 2,700 more votes than Smith; in Cass County, about 2,200 more votes; about 1,800 more votes in Clearwater County; and about 3,300 more votes in Hubbard County.

While it may take several more days to determine who won the nationwide presidential election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won Minnesota, earning 52.43 percent compared to the Trump-Pence ticket at 45.26 percent.

The Trump-Pence ticket did better than the Biden-Harris ticket in north-central Minnesota.

In Beltrami County, Trump received about 2,000 more votes than the Biden ticket; in Cass County, about 2,300 more votes; 2,100 more in Clearwater County and about 3,500 more votes in Hubbard County.

Beltrami County Administrator Kay Mack says Auditor-Treasurer JoDee Treat is currently reviewing results on all races within the county. While absentee ballots were counted, at this time, they do not appear to be included on the Secretary of State’s unofficial election results. The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office is working on updating those numbers to the Secretary of State.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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