Feehan, Hagedorn will campaign for Walz seat

Published 11:29 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ST. PAUL — Republican candidate Jim Hagedorn has won a primary for another shot at a southern Minnesota swing congressional seat.

Hagedorn’s victory Tuesday comes two years after he narrowly lost the 1st District race to Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. The seat opened up with Walz’s run for governor.

Hagedorn defeated GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson in a race marked by both candidates touting strong support of President Donald Trump’s agenda.

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Walz represented the district for six terms but the district is generally considered slightly Republican.

Iraq War veteran Dan Feehan has won the Democratic primary for Rep. Tim Walz’s seat.

Feehan beat businessman Colin Minehart and will now try to help Democrats hold the seat being vacated by Walz’s run for governor.

The 1st District leans Republican, but Walz held the seat for six terms and the November race is widely rated a toss-up.