Hamilton, Magnus poised for re-election
WORTHINGTON -- Republicans Doug Magnus and Rod Hamilton appeared to be on their way to re-election to the Minnesota House Tuesday night.
Magnus, R-Slayton, was poised to hold off a challenge from DFLer Mike McCarvel of Brewster for the second consecutive election. With 76 of 99 precincts reporting, Magnus had tallied 6,853 votes (56 percent) to McCarvel's 5,439 (44 percent) in the District 22A race.
"I think obviously the No. 1 issue is the economy and our state budget," said Magnus, who was looking for his fourth two-year term. "I think the November (budget) forecast that comes out early in December will give us a pretty good idea, but the February forecast -- that will be probably be the one we base things on."
Magnus added that he plans to continue working on energy issues now and through his new term.
In District 22B, Hamilton, of Mountain Lake, led by an even wider margin. With 62 of 74 precincts reporting, the incumbent -- hoping for his third term -- has garnered 8,553 votes (62 percent) compared to 5,347 votes (38 percent) for DFL opponent Richard Peterson of Mountain Lake.
Hamilton has defeated Peterson to win each of his three terms.
"It's all about representing the people," Hamilton said. "I'm truly honored. I thank the constituents of District 22B, and my family thanks them as well.
"As far as my goals, my goals are your goals," Hamilton continued. "Here in the next two months before session starts, I will be out visiting with constituents and local elected officials. We'll once again decide what's important for District 22B, and that will be the road map -- that's what I'll focus on."