DFLers Chris Eaton and Jeff Hayden handily won primary elections Tuesday ahead of an Oct. 18 contest to fill two open state Senate seats.
Hayden, the current representative for House District 61B, won with more than 50 percent of the vote, triumphing over five other DFLers who also vied to replace retiring DFL Sen. Linda Berglin. Of the other candidates, tax auditor Sadik Warfa came the closest to Hayden with 28 percent of the vote. Hayden was endorsed by the DFL Party in the race for the Minneapolis Senate seat.
Eaton, a registered nurse from Brooklyn Center, easily trumped perennial candidate Timothy Davis in the primary for Senate District 46. Eaton recieved 88 percent of the DFL vote in the two-way race to replace DFL Sen. Linda Scheid, who died of cancer this summer. Republican-endorsed candidate Cory Jensen beat out primary challenger Ryan Sibinski with 85 percent of the GOP vote.
While the districts have proven to be strong DFL territory, both Hayden and Eaton face two challengers in the Oct. 18 general election. Hayden will be up against Republican Bruce Lundeen and Independence Party candidate Matt Brillhart, while Eaton is will face Jensen and Independence Party candidate Tom Reynolds.