GOP state Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) announced early this week that he will not enter the open 1st District congressional race next year. This still leaves 2012 and ’14 party nominee Jim Hagedorn as the lone GOP contender. Democrats have seven candidates vying to replace Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) who is running for Governor. In 2016, Mr. Hagedorn held Rep. Walz to 50.3% of the vote, making it the second-closest House race in the United States. The 2018 open contest is currently viewed as a toss-up. The district, anchored in the city of Rochester, stretches the entire width of Minnesota’s southern border.
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