Mack, Boettger advance
BROWN COUNTY–The Minnesota Primary was Tuesday. Brown County voters were able to select candidates for the general election on Nov. 3.
In Brown County, this primary election determined which U.S. Senate candidates will move on to the general election.
New Ulm voters were asked to select a councilor-at-large. The three candidates were incumbent Charlie Schmitz, Larry Mack and Andrea Boettger. The candidates with the top two votes will go onto the general election on Nov. 3.
As Tuesday evening Mack received the most votes with 1,147 votes. Boettger came in second with 1,041. Incumbent Schmitz finished last with 631 votes.
Incumbent 16B Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) was expected to beat Tamara A. Houle in the Republican primary. In Brown County Torkelson received 2,101 votes to Houle’s 336.
More mail-in and absentee ballots were requested this primary than in 2016, due to the COVID pandemic. All mail-in and absentee ballots received by Tuesday were included in the totals. Some additional mail-in ballots could be in transit to the Brown County Courthouse. A high number of outstanding ballots is not anticipated, but a final count will be provided Wednesday.