Betty McCollum re-elected in 4th District

Incumbent Democratic Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum easily beat back a challenge from Republican Tony Hernandez by a two-to-one margin Tuesday to hold on to her seat in the redrawn district.

With all 230 precincts reporting, complete but unofficial results show McCollum had 216,680 votes, 62.27 percent, to Hernandez’s 109,656, 31.51 percent. Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson trailed with 21,132 votes, 6.07 percent.

In Washington County, where the central part of the county was put in the McCollum’s district as part redistricting, Hernandez kept the contest somewhat close. With all 59 precincts reporting today, McCollum received 45,887 votes, 51.17 percent, to Hernandez’s 38,198 votes, 42.60 percent. Carlson received 4,603 votes, 6.13 percent.

Washington County cities placed in the Fourth District by a March judicial redistricting plan include Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Bayport Lake Elmo, Oakdale, Grant, Afton, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, Birchwood Village, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach, St. Mary’s Point and West Lakeland, Baytown and Stillwater townships.