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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

Rarick wins state senate seat


February 8, 2019

Photos by Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Former State Senator (and grandmother to Stu) Becky Lourey and Gina Shervheim of Bruno consult their phones and discuss the values of both winning and losing. "I lost four times," said Becky. "If I hadn't lost, I wouldn't have had the time to work on what was needed in rural Minnesota and help author MinnesotaCare when I did win."

Republican Jason Rarick is the new Minnesota State Senator for District 11, after defeating DFL candidate Stu Lourey in Tuesday's special election.

Rarick pulled in 8,127 (52 percent) votes to Lourey's 7171 (46 percent) with Legal Marijuana Now candidate John "Sparky" Birrenbach garnering 298 votes, or almost 2 percent in unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State's website.

Voter turnout in Carlton County was 34.4 percent with 7,178 total voters, versus 80 percent in November's general election, when 16,497 people voted.

In Cloquet, Don and Jodi Christensen voted just before 5 p....

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