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Carlson wins Senate 4 seat over incumbent Olson

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 Swenson1 / 2
A glum Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, watches the numbers come in Tuesday night at the Hampton Inn & Suites. They trended early to Republican John Carlson, a harbinger of a long night ahead. Checking computers are John McCarthy and Pam McCrory. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson2 / 2

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.

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.