Primary 2014: Hotly contested seats in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Voters across the Northland will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide on several hotly contested primary races.

All eyes are on the governor's race, but it's the Minnesota state auditor race that's generating a lot of buzz.

Four Republicans are challenging Governor Mark Dayton.

GOP endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, is running against, former state House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, businessman Scott Honour and former House Speaker Representative Kurt Zellers.

In the race for U.S. Senate, GOP endorsed Mike McFadden is facing off against Jim Abeler, David Carlson, Patrick Munro and Ole Savior.

Incumbent Al Franken is facing his own democratic challenger Sandra Henningsgard.

And probably the most heated race in Minnesota, the race for state auditor, Matt Entenza who is taking on incumbent Rebecca Otto in the DFL primaries.

Both candidates have been engaged in a heated exchange during the past few months leading up to Tuesday's primary.

According to the Duluth City Clerk, voters will see names on the ballots tomorrow even candidates are uncontested in their respective parties.

"There's three parties on the ballot and it's important for the voters only vote in one party. In November, they can move all of the ballot as they wish, but if they cross over the ballot it will be rejected and the judges will remind them to vote in one party only," said Duluth City Clerk, Jeff Cox.

Minnesota's Secretary of State seat is also up for grabs, as incumbent Mark Ritchie announced he is not seeking another term.

The will be no primary in the race for 8th Congressional District or the race for Minnesota House seat 7A, which is being vacated by Representative Tom Huntley.

Polls will open as early as 7 a.m., Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

For Duluth voter and election information click here.

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