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Update: Jeff Backer defeats Jay McNamar in District 12A race

MORRIS – With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Jeff Backer has defeated Democrat Jay McNamar in the Minnesota House District 12A race.

With 144 of 147 precincts reporting, Backer received 52. percent of the vote (8,588 votes) compared to McNamar, who collected 47.8 percent of the vote (7,881 votes).

"Thanks to all my supporters, my team and my family," Backer wrote on his Facebook page. "I couldn't have done it alone! Looking forward to a bright future for Minnesota!"

You can follow election night results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at