Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton won the favor of Beltrami County Democrats in final unofficial results from Tuesday's gubernatorial primary.
Dayton scored 1,505 votes or 40.7 percent while House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher took 1,386 votes or 37.5 percent. Former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza drew 745 votes, or 20.2 percent, slightly better than his state average.
It was Entenza who campaigned most in Bemidji, making more than a half dozen visits, including two in the final week and on Monday. His wife, Lois, also campaigned for him twice.
Kelliher made only one official visit to Bemidji, several weeks ago to laud the potential Headwaters Science Center push for new facilities along the Mississippi River. She also came to Bemidji when the State DFL Central Committee endorsed her running mate, John Gunyou. She had no ublic appearances that day.
Dayton, the county's pick, only made a February visit to Bemidji State University, where he met with about 20 students.
Voting by Beltrami County voters in contested races include:
--U.S. Congress 7th District--
Alan Roebke, 258, 38.4 pct
Lee Byberg (e), 414, 61.6 pct
--U.S. Congress 8th District--
W.D. (Bill) Hamm, 215, 19.3 pct
Jim Oberstar (e), 899, 80.7 pct
Tom Horner and James Mulder (e), 50, 47.2 pct
Phil Ratte and Gayle-Lynn Lemaster, 19, 17.9 pct
Rahn Workcuff and Mark Workcuff, 12, 11.3 pct
John Uldrich and Stephen Williams, 14, 13.2 pct
Rob Hahn and Thomas Harens, 11, 10.4 pct
Ole Savior and Todd "Elvis" Anderson, 37, 3 pct
Leslie Davis and Gregory Soderberg, 74, 6 pct
Bob Carney Jr. and William McGaughey, 89, 7.2 pct
Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks (e), 1,024, 83.7 pct
Margaret Anderson Kelliher and John Gunyou (e), 1,386, 37.5 pct
Peter Idusogie and Lady Jayne Fontaine, 59, 1.6 pct
Matt Entenza and Robyne Robinson, 745, 20.2 pct
Mark Dayton and Yvonne Prettner Solon, 1,505, 40.7 pct
--Secretary of State--
Dick Franson, 551,16.1 pct
Mark Ritchie (e), 2,875, 83.9 pct
Chris Barden (e), 607, 52.7 pct
Sharon Anderson, 545, 47.3 pct
Leo Meyer, 511, 14.9 pct
Lori Swanson (e), 2,915, 85.1 pct
--Minnesota House 4A--
John Persell (e), 1,253, 62.3 pct
Mark Thorson, 760, 37.8 pct