McCollum appears heading to big win in 4th District
Veteran congresswoman holds more than 2-to-1 margin over Hernandez
By ERIK SANDIN
With 81 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Democratic 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum beat back a challenge from Republican Tony Hernandez by a two-to-one margin to hold on to her seat in the redrawn district
With 186 out of 230 precincts in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, McCollum had 172,952 votes to Hernandez’s 85,519. Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson trailed with 16,505 votes.
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 53 of the county’s 59 precincts in the district reporting early Wednesday, McCollum received 38,111 votes to Hernandez’s 32,997 votes. Carlson received 4,603 votes.
The central part of Washington County was placed in the 4th District by a March judicial redistricting plan. Washington County cities in the district 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.