In what is a significant endorsement for the upcoming August 14th primary in the southern Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, the NRA announced it will be supporting state Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) over two-time nominee Jim Hagedorn. In the 2016 election, Mr. Hagedorn held Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) to just a 50.3% victory, and he would subsequently win the official party endorsement at the state Republican convention held earlier this year. But, the move is consistent with NRA endorsement procedures. If a candidate has a strong legislative record with the organization, the group usually grants support in future political endeavors. Mr. Hagedorn has not previously served in any office.
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