In the Republican primary for the open Senate District 39 seat on Tuesday, Karin Housley defeated Eric Michael Langness of Forest Lake to move on to the November 6 general election ballot where she will meet DFL candidate Julie Bunn.
Housley dominated the primary contest with 67.2 percent of the vote while Langness received 32.8 percent. Housley received 1941 votes while the former Forest Lake School Board member had 945, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.
When the 2235 votes received by Bunn are added to the totals for Housley and Langness, a total of 5121 votes were cast in the new Senate District 39. The total is roughly 10 percent of the 51,140 voters who were registered to the district as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
Langness carried two of the five Forest Lake precincts and also won in Scandia. In Forest Lake, Langness carried Precinct 3, 79-73, and Precinct 4, 62-56. Housley won in Precinct 1, 33-32, Precinct 2, 109-32, and Precinct 5, 89-45.
In Scandia, Langness topped Housley by a 78-69 margin.
The District 39 seat became open when incumbent Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, pulled out of the race on the day that the filing period closed.