Retired Air Force officer Dave Hughes (R) has twice challenged veteran Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Detroit Lakes) and, with little in the way of national fanfare, has recorded vote percentages of 47 and 48 in the last two consecutive elections. Yesterday, he announced that he will return for a third campaign next year.
In 2016, Mr. Hughes spent under $20,000 for his entire campaign and his finish was credited more with President Trump racking up a 62-31% margin over Hillary Clinton in the 7th District rather than voters responding positively to the Republican congressional campaign. But, in 2018, a bad Republican electoral year, Mr. Hughes actually increased his vote percentage while spending just $250,000.
Now, with Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano) in charge of the National Republican Congressional Committee it is likely that MN-7, for the first time, will see some outside attention in this coming election cycle.
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