Second ballot: Abeler, Moreno out, Dahlberg retains lead
May 30, 2014 — 10:58pm
St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg remains in the lead for the Minnesota GOP U.S. Senate endorsement, while candidates Jim Abeler and Monti Moreno are out following the second round of balloting. The two failed to receive the minimum five percent of votes to remain on the ballot. Abeler has said he intends to run in the primary, while Moreno has pledged to abide by the delegates' endorsement
Here are the results:
Chris Dahlberg: 647 votes, 33 percent
Mike McFadden: 497 votes, 25 percent
Julianne Ortman: 401 votes, 20 percent
Phillip Parrish: 331 votes, 16.9 percent
Jim Abeler: 59 votes, 3 percent - Dropped
Monti Moreno: 13 votes, .6 percent - Dropped
The ballot follows a surprise upset in the first round by Dahlberg, who showed a narrow lead with 25 percent of votes among the six candidates. Businessman Mike McFadden and State Sen. Julianne Ortman closely trailed him. His enthusiastic backers, who chanted his name on the floor, weren't surprised.
"Right now we're pumped," said Dan Lubahn, a Dahlberg supporter and loss prevention specialist from Aurora. "We've got some chances of putting a dent in the Democrat machine here."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."