Breezy Point Mayor Carrie Ruud beat Bemidji attorney Darrell Carter 2,868-1,870 or 61 to 39 percent for the Republican nomination for Senate District 4.
The two finished in a stalemate when they sought GOP endorsement earlier this year. Ruud will go on to face DFL candidate Stan Nagorski of rural Crosby, a longtime Crosby-Ironton School District teacher.
Ruud, a real estate agent, said her strong showing didn't surprise her since she visited many large and small communities, spent an entire week in the northern part of the district and door-knocked most of Bemidji.
"We worked hard and we worked from one end of the district to the other," she said this morning. "We did a lot of TV ads and I think our main focus was to get out and meet the people."
Her supporters gathered Tuesday night at J.J.'s Pub in Breezy Point. "It was just a really fun evening," she said. Carter could not be reached.
District 4 boundaries were redrawn after redistricting. The incumbent, Sen. Tony Kinkel, DFL-Park Rapids, chose not to run for re-election.
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