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Michelle Lee wins DFL endorsement in Senate District 11 race

Senate District 11 DFL candidates Stu Lourey and Michelle Lee.

Michelle Lee won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement Saturday in the primary race for Senate District 11.

The convention took place at Barnum High School, where Lee received just shy of 60 percent of the ballots cast by more than 150 delegates, according to a news release from Lee's campaign. In a statement, DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin congratulated Lee on winning the endorsement.

"I'm excited to work with Michelle as she brings her strong progressive message to voters across the district and her passion and experience to our state legislature," Martin said.

Lee still, however, has to win Tuesday's DFL primary before she moves on to the general election. Lee is facing off Tuesday against Stu Lourey for the privilege to run against GOP candidate Jason Rarick and Legal Marijuana Now party candidate John "Sparky" Birrenbach in the general election.

Senate District 11 comprises portions of southern St. Louis County, eastern Kanabec County and all of Carlton and Pine counties.

On Facebook and Twitter Friday, Lee announced she received the endorsement of renowned writer and feminist Gloria Steinem.

Lourey has received numerous endorsements from organizations and DFL politicians in the days leading up to Tuesday's primary, including state Sen. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth; state Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth; AFL-CIO, AFSCME councils 65 and 5, Northeast Area Labor Council, Teamsters Joint Council 32, OutFront Minnesota and more.