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A North Platte businesswoman received more write-in votes than needed in Tuesday's primary election to force a run-off against Sen. Mike Groene in the general election this November.

Judy Pederson entered the race after the March 1 filing deadline, running a write-in campaign for the primary against Groene, who is seeking a second term in the Legislature representing District 42.

Groene, of North Platte, received 4,200 votes Tuesday; Pederson got 1,251 write-in votes, according to the unofficial results provided by the Lincoln County Election Commission.

Pederson needed just 807 votes to get her name added to the ballot in November, or roughly 5 percent of the total votes cast for president in the most recent election in that district, according to a formula outlined in state law.

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District 42 encompasses Lincoln County in western Nebraska.

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