ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former Minnesota lawmaker won a three-way DFL primary in a quest to fill the seat of state Senator Ellen Anderson.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Mary Jo McGuire drew about 600 more votes than five-term state Rep. John Lesch, who had drawn endorsements from construction trades and teachers unions as well as the St. Paul mayor's office.
The 54-year-old McGuire will now take on Republican Greg Copeland, who chairs St. Paul's Republican Party, in a special general election April 12.
Heavy turnout in McGuire's two Falcon Heights precincts are credited for her primary victory. With 25 of 26 precincts reporting, McGuire received 1,870 votes, or 54 percent of the vote, in the special primary.
Democratic state Senator Ellen Anderson had held the seat since 1992, but she surrendered it when Governor Mark Dayton selected her to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
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