UPDATE: Warren Limmer-Bonnie Westlin Race Yet to Be Called in Senate District 34
NOTE: This story has been updated from a previous version
In the end, Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, may come out victorious in the Senate District 34 race, but that race has still yet to be called. CCX News has learned there are still about 3,000 absentee ballots to be counted in the closely contest race against DFL challenger Bonnie Westlin.
Westlin via Twitter on Thursday thanked her supporters for their patience.
“We are making sure that everything is finalized and that every vote is counted before we make an announcement of our race. Stay tuned and thank you for your support,” she wrote.
A lot of outside money poured into the race due to an effort to flip it blue. Westlin was one of seven candidates endorsed by former president Barack Obama.
In the 2020 Senate District 34 race, Limmer received 29,331 votes or 50.7%, whereas Westlin received 28,429 votes or 49.2%. Should the lead hold, Limmer would return to the Senate for an eighth term. Limmer also served in the House.
The two opponents met in a previous contest. In 2016, Limmer won over Westlin with 60 percent of the vote.
Westlin is a family law attorney who lives in Maple Grove.
Senate District 34 covers all of Rogers, Dayton, Maple Grove, and Osseo.
CCX News Executive Producer Corey Bork contributed to this report.