Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday, the day after the primary election. Not many people showed up to vote compared to a general election, but the ones who did made an impact. Let’s take a look at the Digest.
1. Perhaps the biggest story of the day was the third place finish of longtime Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis. Kahn lost to Ilhan Omar, who now hopes to become the first Somali-American to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature and the first to be elected to any state legislature. Even Kahn noted the historic nature of Omar’s victory, as she looked toward the end of her own 22-year career in the Minnesota House. (MPR News)
2. Kahn wasn’t the only incumbent lawmaker rejected by voters Tuesday. Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, lost to Fue Lee. Rep Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, lost to Cal Bahr, and Sen. Sean Nienow lost to Mark Koran. House Speaker Kurt Duadt easily defeated his primary opponent. Voters also made their choices for the November ballot for several open legislative seats. (MPR News)
3. In the biggest congressional primary voters chose Jason Lewis as the Republican candidate in the 2nd District. Lewis defeated three other candidates for the Republican nomination, including Darlene Miller, who had the backing of outgoing incumbent John Kline. Lewis will face Democrat Angie Craig in November, who is better funding and had no primary opponent. (MPR News)
4. A day after pivoting to the economy, Donald Trump made news again Tuesday for a throwaway line that sounded like he was calling on Second Amendment supporters to use force to stop Hillary Clinton from naming judges. Trump’s campaign officials were quick to say that’s not what he meant, but the whole incident fit a pattern with the campaign and the candidate. (Washington Post)
5. A new batch of emails released by the State Department show the ties between Hillary Clinton was she was secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation. As this story says: “The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied.” (New York Times)