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House District 5B primary race: Wiener comes out on top in tight race

The winner will face Independence-Alliance Party candidate Gregg Hendrickson.

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Party-endorsed candidate Mike Wiener appeared to have defeated Sheldon Monson by just 40 votes with 100% of precincts reporting in House District 5B on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The Republicans faced off in the primary election to appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, where the winner will face Independence-Alliance Party candidate Gregg Hendrickson.

Wiener earned 2,100 votes, or 50.48%, while Monson earned 2,060 votes, or 49.52%.

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As it stands with results from 66 of 66 precincts and a difference of 0.96%, the race does not qualify for a publicly funded recount, per the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The margin must be less than one-half of 1% in state legislative races.

House District 5B includes Todd County, southern Wadena County, a portion of southern Cass County and the northwestern corner of Morrison County.

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Candidates were Monson, a Wadena County commissioner and state electrical inspection area representative, and Wiener, an animal bedding and biomass small business owner and the party-endorsed candidate.

Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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