2 GOP Congressman Lose Seats in Twin Cities Suburbs

2 GOP Congressman Lose Seats in Twin Cities Suburbs

From Associated Press reports
Updated: November 07, 2018 11:09 AM

Republicans Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen have both lost their suburban Twin Cities seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Angie Craig defeated Lewis, while Dean Phillips defeated Paulsen. Both are businesspeople.

Craig had narrowly lost to Lewis in 2016, setting up a swing-district rematch that drew nearly $9 million in outside spending.

The former St. Jude Medical executive stressed controlling health care costs, preserving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and education. Lewis, a conservative former talk radio host, had touted himself as an independent voice but also played up his support for President Donald Trump.

Craig will become Minnesota's first openly gay member of Congress. She and her wife, Cheryl, have four sons.

The 2nd District stretches south from suburbs to farm country.

Meanwhile, Paulsen had easily won elections throughout his five terms in office even as the Minneapolis-area district trended toward Democrats.

But the district favored Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 points two years ago, and a statewide poll late in the race showed Phillips with a comfortable lead. Outside groups poured more than $10 million into the battleground race.

Phillips ran his family's liquor company and started a chain of local coffee shops. He painted Paulsen as too in step with President Donald Trump, though Paulsen tried to distance himself from the president.

McCollum, Emmer, Peterson re-elected

Incumbents Betty McCollum, Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson of Minnesota have all been re-elected to Congress.

McCollum, a Democrat, defeated Republican Greg Ryan to win a 10th term in the heavily Democratic 4th District, which includes St. Paul.

Emmer, a Republican, defeated Democrat Ian Todd to win a third term in the conservative 6th District, which stretches from the northern and western Twin Cities suburbs to the St. Cloud area.

Peterson, a Democrat and the dean of the state's congressional delegation, won a 15th term despite a stiffer challenge from Republican Dave Hughes in the 7th District of western Minnesota, which stretches from the Canadian border deep into southwestern Minnesota. President Donald Trump carried the district by 31 points two years ago.


From Associated Press reports

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