Challenger edges longest-serving woman in Minnesota Legislature by 35 votes, triggers automatic recount
Duluth's Natalie Zeleznikar unseated Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, in House District 3B by margin of 50.01%-49.85%, according to unofficial results.
DULUTH — Just 35 votes edged Natalie Zeleznikar, a Republican from Duluth, over Rep. Mary Murphy, the longest-serving female legislator in Minnesota, in the House District 3B race, according to unofficial results Wednesday morning, Nov. 9.
Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, also the second-longest-serving legislator in the state, has held the seat since 1976.
Zeleznikar received 10,812 votes (50.01%), while Murphy had 10,777 (49.85%), according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.
According to the Minnesota secretary of state , the race falls within the parameters of a publicly funded recount.
"I'm just committed to the process that every legal vote counts and I'm confident in the strength of our campaign. It's a testament to how hard we worked the last eight months," Zeleznikar said.
District 3B includes Two Harbors and other unorganized territories in Lake County; Proctor; Rice Lake; Hermantown; and the following St. Louis County townships: Alden, Ault, Canosia, Duluth, Fairbanks, Fredenberg, Gnesen, Grand Lake, Lakewood, Midway, Normanna, North Star, Pequaywan and Solway.