ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A few hundred Minnesotans will see their name on a 2012 election ballot seeking state legislative, federal or judicial office.

Filing for office closed Tuesday and just shy of 300 people had registered to run in paperwork submitted to the secretary of state’s office. Some candidates filed closer to home, meaning the actual number of candidates will be higher.

All but one of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts will require a primary to set the November ballot; the 7th district is the lone exception. An August primary will also be needed in the state’s U.S. Senate race and several contest for the Legislature.

Candidates who have second thoughts have until Thursday to get their registration withdrawn.

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