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Newman with substantial lead in District 18 Senate

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GROVE CITY -- Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, held a substantial lead in early returns Tuesday in Minnesota Senate District 18.

Unofficial returns showed that Newman had collected 6,262 votes as of 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. Challenger Steven Schiroo, of Cokato, had received 4,669 votes. There were 37 of 85 precincts reporting.

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District 18 includes all of Meeker, McLeod and Sibley counties, plus the City of Cokato and Cokato Township in Wright County.

Newman, 65, will return to St. Paul for a second term in the Senate. He previously served two terms in the state House of Representatives District 18A from 2004 to 2007. Schiroo, 26, was the DFL-endorsed candidate in the district.

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