Ellison, Fields To Contend For Fifth District in November: Primary Results
Rep. Keith Ellison beat out two other DFLers on Minnesota's primary night.
Ellison secured nearly 90 percent of the total votes, with 30,609 in total. Boisclair and Iverson tallied 1,397 and 2,143, respectively.
Ellison is currently serving his third term as Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District representative for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first Muslim elected to Congress and was the first black man elected to the House from Minnesota.
Ellison will be joined on the ballot by Republican Chris Fields, a retired, 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the only Republican on the ballot, Fields declared Tuesday a victory with 5,966 votes.
First in a speech during a reception Tuesday night and later in an e-mail letter, Fields thanked his parents and wife, and all "freedom and liberty loving" Americans, saying the race is now "on."
"I have two words to say about tonight’s victory: IT’S ON!," the letter said. "This combat tested Marine has been commissioned to fight in this battle. It is a battle to restore America - to rid this town of the political prejudice that runs so deep it has completely choked the American Spirit."
Patch will continue to cover local and state races as the country moves closer to Election Day on Nov. 6. Stay tuned for more.