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4 Minnesota primary elections to watch

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Tuesday's primary elections will set the stage for some major races across Minnesota, but turnout is expected to be very low. The Secretary of State's office is only predicting between 10 to 15 percent turnout, which amounts to about 200,000 to 300,000 Minnesotans.

Governor (Republican challenger to Mark Dayton)

Candidates: Jeff Johnson, Merrill Anderson, Scott Honour, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers.

What to watch: Analysts believe if Republican party-endorsed Johnson wins is a strong sign the party is back on its feet. Minnesota Republicans have not won a statewide race since 2006 and they lost control of the House and Senate in 2012. The winner will face Gov. Mark Dayton in the general election. It has been 20 years since there's been a competitive race among GOP candidates for the governor's primary.

U.S. Senate (Republican challenger to Al Franken)

Candidates: The Republican endorsement for U.S. Senate is Mike McFadden, an independently wealthy businessman with $4 million in the bank and a first-time candidate. He's up against Jim Abeler, David Carlson, Patrick Munro and Ole Savior. The winner will face Sen. Al Franken in the general election.

What to watch: Abeler is his biggest competitor with a few endorsements including one from former U.S. Sen. David Durenberger and one from former Gov. Al Quie.

U.S. House - District 6

Candidates: Tom Emmer, Rhonda Sivarajah

What to watch: Who will take Michele Bachmann's seat? The winner will go on to face Democratic candidate Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and is the favorite to be Minnesota's next congress member from District 6. Sivarajah serves as an Anoka County commissioner while Emmer was endorse by the party and has outspent Sivarajah by a 5-to-1 margin. Emmer narrowly lost to Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2010 governor's race.

Cedar-Riverside - District 60B

Tuesday could be the end of a very long era for Rep. Phyllis Kahn -- she is facing her toughest challenger in 42 years: Mohamud Noor, 36, a charismatic leader in the Somali community. It's a hotly contested race that's been fraught with violence, including a rumble at a DFL caucus in February, allegations of fraud and no party endorsement.

If Noor wins, he will become the first-ever elected Somali-American in the Minnesota legislature.

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