Garnering more than 90 percent of the vote, U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen held commanding lead over challenger John W. Howard III in the Republican U.S. Congressional Dist. 3 Primary Election Aug. 14. Paulsen earned 18,762 votes (90.19 percent) to Howard’s 2,032 (9.81 percent). Paulsen will face DFLer Brian Barnes in the General Election in November.