State Sen. Julianne Ortman failed to win the GOP endorsement in District 47 Tuesday night, meaning a likely August primary in her bid for re-election.
Ortman, the Senate Tax Committee chair, faced two challengers: Kevin Masrud and Bruce Schwichtenberg. Masrud dropped out after the first ballot and threw his support to Schwichtenberg, says the Chanhassen Villager.
Ortman, from Chanhassen, was first elected in 2002. She managed to hold onto 50 percent of the delegates all night, but neither candidate could get to the 60 percent endorsement threshold.
Schwichtenberg is more conservative than Ortman, who is considered one of the more moderate Republicans in the Legislature. And he has called her a career politician.
The paper said, though, that Schwichtenberg indicated he hasn’t decided whether to run in a primary.