WILLMAR -- Voters have chosen to return Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, to the Minnesota Senate to represent the new District 16.
With 97 percent of the precincts reporting early Wednesday, Dahms was leading DFLer Ted L. Suss of Lucan 19,867 or 54 percent, to Suss's 17,079 or 46 percent.
Dahms, 65, a retired insurance agent, was first elected to the Legislature in 2010.
Suss, 62, is a former legislator who is a retired school superintendent.
The district includes all of Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Brown counties, two townships in Renville County, all but three townships in Redwood County, and all but eight townships in Lyon County.