BROWN COUNTY - The state incumbent legislators representing District 16 each won their re-election bids in competitive elections during Tuesday night's elections.
Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) was victorious in three-way race for Minnesota House District 16B. He garnered 56 percent of the votes, or 11,239 votes, against the 32 percent, or 6,467 votes, of his DFL challenger James Kanne. New Ulm resident Jerry Pagel, who ran without a political party affiliation, earned an impressive 11 percent of the votes, or 2,303 votes.
In Minnesota Senate District 16, Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) pulled off a tighter victory. With 150 of 154 precincts reporting, Dahms garnered 53.7 percent of the votes, or 19,687 votes, to the 46.3 percent of the votes, or 17,079 votes, gained by DFL challenger Ted Suss.
The results were nearly exactly mirrored in the turnout in the ballots casted for Brown County.
Both Republican candidates had run on less regulations, less taxes and their argument that they had turned the state budget deficit into a surplus.
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