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Primary contests spotted through Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- Turnout in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election likely will be spotty, as there are relatively few contests this year. The only statewide race will pare three Supreme Court candidates down to two, although six U.S. House primary races...

ST. PAUL -- Turnout in Tuesday's Minnesota primary election likely will be spotty, as there are relatively few contests this year.

The only statewide race will pare three Supreme Court candidates down to two, although six U.S. House primary races are on the ballot along with contests for 28 of the 201 legislative seats.

Statewide officials such as governor and attorney general are not up for election in 2016. And neither U.S. senator is on the ballot.

Still, the state's top election official says people should vote.

"As I travel the state, I always tell Minnesotans that your vote is your voice, and to never give that up," Secretary of State Steve Simon said.

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Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but voters in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast ballots.

In the partisan primary part of the election, each voter may only vote in one party. Voting for candidates in more than one political party voids the party portion of the ballot.

Nonpartisan races, such as for the courts, are on the back of the ballot.

The major nonpartisan contest is for Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson's job. She faces Craig Foss and Michelle MacDonald Tuesday.

Two district court races also will be on Tuesday's ballot.

The U.S. House race attracting the most attention has been in the 2nd Congressional District, in the southern Twin Cities and on south. Republicans Darlene Miller, Jason Lewis, John Howe and Matthew D. Erickson are battling in the primary to take on Democrat Angie Craig in the Nov. 8 election.

U.S. Rep. John Kline is not seeking re-election in the 2nd district.

Other House races have attracted less attention, although Republicans Amanda Lynn Hinson and David Hughes, are running in western Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, to upset veteran U.S. Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson.

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In the Legislature, the most interesting contest is in House Speaker Kurt Daudt's district, where Alan Duff is mounting a GOP primary challenge.

Also of note is the Minneapolis race with Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who faces two challengers. She has been in the Legislature since 1973.

Other legislative primary races vary from incumbents being challenged from within their party to candidates fighting for an open seat.

A variety of local races also are on the ballot

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