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News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Democrats are settling a three-way battle for governor in a stacked primary election, while former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seeking to win back his old job on the Republican side. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's departure had his party scrambling to hang on to what could be their only lever of power if they don't take the state House later this year. Races for both the state's U.S. Senate seats and multiple competitive House contests also were on the ballot.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement could set up a two-woman race for his seat, part of an unusual primary featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. His successor, Tina Smith, and the endorsed GOP candidate, state Sen. Karin Housley, were heavy favorites in their respective races in Tuesday's primary. Minnesota's other Senate race had incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her GOP-endorsed challenger, state Rep. Jim Newberger also, favored.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is running for Minnesota attorney general in a Democratic primary clouded by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse. The allegation surfaced over the weekend when the son of Ellison's former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, said he had seen angry text messages from Ellison to his mother and a video that showed him dragging Monahan off a bed. Ellison denied any abuse. He is deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Decisions by 3 Minnesota Democrats to leave the House set off a land rush for their open seats. Two of the districts were rated as toss-ups, giving Republicans a rare chance to flip seats in a year when they are fighting hard to keep the House. The third district, in the Minneapolis area, was notable for state Rep. Ilhan Omar's bid to leap to Congress just two years after making history as the first Somali-American to be elected to a legislature.

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