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Radinovich House District 10B DFL winner

Just before midnight Tuesday the DFL seat for the Minnesota House District 10B was not yet secured in the Minnesota Primary Election but both candidates — Joe Radinovich and David Schaaf — both were secure in what the final results would be, with Radinovich coming out ahead.

With 35 out of 91 precincts in, Radinovich had 1,420 votes or 78.98 percent and Schaaf had 378 votes or 21.02 percent. House District 10B includes all of Aitkin County and most of Crow Wing County.

Radinovich, 26, who works for the American Federation of Government Employees, said: “I’m very excited with the results right now. It means a great deal to me.”

Radinovich, Crosby, said he won his hometown precinct 83 to 1 and he was thankful for the community’s support.

“This means the people who know me best know what I’m about and know it is important to have someone like me in office to fight for small town values,” said Radinovich. “This is my first election and we’re ecstatic. Facing a former legislator with years of experience on me, and seeing the results shows me that people are not interested in experience, per say, but someone with new ideas and fresh perspectives.”

Schaaf, 73, rural McGregor, who is a semi-retired real estate investor and previously was a small business owner in dry cleaning, insurance and a co-founder of Schaaf Floral in Fridley, said Radinovich ran a strong campaign and had a lot of resources, while he was in the middle of a remodeling project and wasn’t able to campaign as hard.

“(Saying that) the results are not surprising to me,” said Schaaf. “I wish him luck. I have a lot of campaign experience and generally the early results will be the final results.”

The winner of the DFL seat will take on Dale K. Lueck in November’s general election.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at