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Hagedorn Faces Tough Primary Against Nelson Tuesday

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Ilhan Omar for MN-05.

Aug. 13, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

MN-01: 2016 nominee Jim Hagedorn (R) has run this seat three times before, but with Rep. Tim Walz (D) running for governor "Hagedorn sees another opening. Hagedorn still faces state Sen. Carla Nelson (R), who continued her campaign despite losing her party's endorsement to Hagedorn, in Tuesday's primary. "The primary is dividing members of Congress and influential corners of the Republican Party between those who are loyal to Hagedorn and those who’d like to see a fresh face, who’s also a woman, win the GOP nomination for what’s likely to be a competitive race against" former Defense Department official Dan Feehan (D). However, with a last-minute endorsement of Nelson by the NRA, the primary may be close. (Roll Call)

"Though Hagedorn touts his early fealty to the president — and points out Nelson’s more moderate record in St. Paul — the two candidates are not offering markedly different agendas to CD1 voters in the run-up to the primary. Each is vocally backing Trump, touting his economic agenda along with conservative orthodoxy on abortion and guns. The central issue in this primary is the general election in November — and which candidate is best-positioned to win in this Republican-leaning district that has sent a Democrat to Congress for the past decade." Hagedorn argues voters should bet on him given he came close to winning the seat from Walz in 2016, while Nelson says only "she has the skills and profile to prevail over the DFL." (MinnPost)

MN-05: NY-14 nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) endorsed state Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), who is running for Rep. Keith Ellison's (D) seat. Ocasio-Cortez: "She's a modern day hero, champion for working families, & running for Congress in Minnesota." (Twitter)

MN-08: The editorial board of the Mesabi Daily News endorsed former Nolan campaign manager Joe Radinovich (D) as the strongest candidate to take on likely Republican nominee Pete Stauber (R) in November. While it considered state Rep. Jason Metsa (D), it wrote: "For DFLers, Radinovich has the knowledge, a plan and the momentum." (Mesabi Daily News)

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