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Rep. Kent Eken, center, greets Chuck Chadwick, right, and Ben Lien, DFL House District 4A candidate, left, at the Courtyard Mariott in Moorhead Tuesday night. Photo by - Carrie Snyder/Forum Communications Co.

Eken wins close Senate race

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In a closely contested race for the newly created Minnesota Senate District 4, Democrat Kent Eken of Twin Valley and Republican Phil Hansen of Detroit Lakes saw the lead change several times over the course of Tuesday evening.

By a little after midnight, however, with just over half of all districts in the state reporting, Eken had taken a narrow lead of less than 1 percent.

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