- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - One of North Dakota’s longest-serving lawmakers has lost his bid for re-election.

Rep. William Kretschmar of Venturia has served in the Legislature since 1973. He and Rep. Mike Brandenburg of Edgeley were looking to save their seats in the Tuesday primary from GOP challengers Jeff Magrum of Hazelton and Barton Schott of Kulm.

Brandenburg and Magrum were the top vote-getters in south-central North Dakota’s District 28.

In House contests, the top two finishers advance to the November election. Brandenburg and Magrum are unopposed by Democrats in the election.

With Kretschmar’s defeat, Republican Rep. Bob Martinson of Bismarck will be the longest-serving lawmaker. He also began his term in 1973.

In southwestern North Dakota’s District 36, Luke Simons of Dickinson defeated GOP House incumbent Alan Fehr of Dickinson.

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