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Beltrami County Republican Chairman Ken Cobb, center, is all smiles Tuesday night as election numbers fell the Republican way for local legislative races. He kept updating computer results on a large screen for the more than 100 people at the old Burger King building. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Carlson wins Senate 4 seat over incumbent Olson

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Bemidji insurance agency owner John Carlson won the Minnesota Senate District 4 seat over incumbent Mary Olson as nearly all results came in Wednesday morning.

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With all but three of the 140 precincts reporting as of 8:25 a.m., Republican Carlson held an insurmountable lead over DFLer Olson. He tallied 18,906 votes, or 54.55 percent, to Olson's 15,696 votes, or 45.29 percent.

Carlson, who lost to John Persell in a 2008 race for State House, rallied this time after trailing around midnight.

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