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‘Ready for a new generation’: With election night lead, Esther Agbaje hopes to bring ‘sense of urgency’ to the Capitol | Sahan Journal

‘Ready for a new generation’: With election night lead, Esther Agbaje hopes to bring ‘sense of urgency’ to the Capitol | Sahan Journal

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Agbaje, a 35-year-old lawyer and daughter of Nigerian immigrants, seemed poised to beat DFL veteran Raymond Dehn for a Minnesota House seat representing downtown and North Minneapolis.

By Becky Z. Dernbach, Sahan Journal

Esther Agbaje, a 35-year-old daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Ivy League-educated lawyer and formerState Department officer, held a strong lead over Rep. Raymond Dehn in the DFL primary Tuesday night. But an extension to count mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic meant the race was too close to call.

With all 15 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Agbaje led Dehn by 444 votes. Ballots that are postmarked by Tuesday and arrive by Thursday will still be counted in the unofficial total. While it’s possible that Dehn could make up the difference, he told Sahan Journal that was unlikely and that Agbaje will likely be headed to the Capitol.

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