ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Margaret Anderson Kelliher held a less than 10,000-vote lead over Mark Dayton Tuesday in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor in Minnesota.
With 57 percent of the vote in, Anderson Kelliher, the party's endorsed candidate and state House speaker, had 42 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Dayton, a former U.S. senator and department store chain heir, and 18 percent for state lawmaker Matt Entenza, results posted online by the Minneapolis Star Tribune showed.
In the Republican primary, Tom Emmer rolled to a win with 85 percent to 6 percent apiece for Bob Carney and Leslie Davis.
Independence Party voters nominated Tom Horner, who garnered 69 percent to easily outdistance three opponents led by Rob Hahn with 14 percent.
The primary winners will face off in the general election this fall to determine who will succeed two-term Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who many see as positioning himself for a run for president in 2012.
In Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, the Democratic nomination went to state Sen. Tarryl Clark with 66 percent to 34 percent for Maureen Kennedy Reed. Clark will face incumbent Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has started a Tea Party Caucus in Congress.
Bachmann has raised $4 million without any primary worries so will have a full war chest for the fall campaign.