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2022 Primary Results: Utke wins Senate District 5 GOP primary over two challengers

Paul Utke, incumbent state senator, defeated two GOP challengers with 57.8% of the vote with 95% of the precincts reporting their results from the Aug. 9 primary. Utke will face DFL candidate A. John Peters, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the general election on Nov. 8.

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DETROIT LAKES — Paul Utke defeated challengers Bret Bussman and Dale A.P. Anderson to win the GOP primary for Senate District 5 with 95% of precincts reporting.

With 95% of precincts reporting:

  • Utke — 58%, or 4,917 votes
  • Bussman — 32%, or 2,725 votes
  • Anderson — 10%, or 865 votes

Utke, of Park Rapids, is the current state senator representing District 2 and was forced into the District 5 race due to the redistricting process.
Utke will face DFL candidate A. John Peters in the general election on Nov. 8.

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