Intense battle brewing for state auditor

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Aug 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An office that seldom gets much public attention has provided one of Minnesota's most intense primary battles this summer.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto (pictured) is trying to fend off a hard challenge from fellow Democrat Matt Entenza, a former top legislator who is spending loads of personal money on the race. The contest pits former legislative colleagues and has proven acrimonious from the get-go.

Tuesday's winner next faces Republican Randy Gilbert, the Independence Party's Patrick Dean and the Grassroots Party's Judith Schwartzbacker.

The state Democratic Party has rallied to Otto's defense with mailings and get-out-the-vote calls. But Entenza has waged a visible campaign with the help of $675,000 in personal contributions and big-time endorsements.

Otto says she hopes voters reward her earnest approach to the job over the past two terms.

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