Breezy Point Mayor Carrie Ruud, 50, survived a primary challenge and defeated DFLer Stan Nagorski 17,701-14,807 in Tuesday's election to represent District 4 in the Minnesota Senate. She received 54.4 percent of the vote compared to 45.5 percent for her opponent.
The Republican real estate broker credited her volunteers, her campaign manager and her family with helping her secure a victory in a campaign which began last March, shortly after redistricting. The success of Republican candidates, statewide, worked because they emphasized grassroots issues and the right issues.
Ruud said she kept her campaign positive, and said it was accurate to describe her opponent as someone who was not supportive of the Second Amendment.
She said the Crosby-Ironton educator had favored the registration of some firearms and had said the Second Amendment was old and needed to be revised.
Nagorski, 57, said that for a candidate to claim that an opponent is against the Second Amendment when that opponent has been a gun owner was misleading.
"I'm very much a supporter of the Second Amendment," he said.
Asked about his future plans, Nagorski said he wants to do some rifle deer hunting with his stepson and then some pheasant hunting.
"It's probably the cycle of elections," he said. "Over the years, we find the history of one party dominating or being stronger than the other. It boils down to they have the momentum right now.
He said he and his campaign committee ran a clean campaign.
"The ball's in her court," he said. "We'll see how well she goes to bat for education."
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