In Tuesday's primary for the special election in Minnesota House District 3A, International Falls labor activist and Koochiching County Commissioner Rob Ecklund has won the DFL nomination by defeating Cook County outfitter Bill Hansen by 6.32 percent.
In an early Tuesday post, Polls open in House 3A special election DFL primary, Range authority Aaron Brown had predicted an Ecklund victory, but with a much closer margin:
I’m going to make a prediction not to prove how right I am, but to test how wrong I am. Ecklund 35, Hansen 34, Omerza 22, Johnson 8.
As the results indicate, Omerza under-performed significantly from Brown's prediction, illustrating the organizing strength of labor and the newspaper endorsements for Ecklund. Omerza's fundraising was flat, and Ecklund's supporters took full advantage of the reframing of a Hansen criticism of sulfide mining into an attack on construction workers.
Brown and other political observers are predicting an easy win for Ecklund in the December 8 primary, and barring a highly unlikely turn of fate, the seat is Ecklund's in the heavily DFL district.
Via the Pioneer Press, Forum News Service reporter John Myers writes in Rob Ecklund wins northeast Minnesota special House seat primary that the winner, who enjoys Hansen's full support, is taking the victory in stride:
"I have to work at the mill tomorrow night, but I hope to get down to the deer shack this weekend with the boys and relax a little," Ecklund said when it became clear he had won the race. . . .
"Rob is a really good guy. He's a good Democrat. We're probably together on 99 percent of the issues," Hansen said after the results were in. . . .
Here are the unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office:
Photo: Rob Ecklund at a district pumpkin patch, campaign website via Minnesota Brown.
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