Without any fanfare, western Minnesota Congressman and House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson (D-Detroit Lakes) filed a new FEC campaign committee for the 2020 election cycle, though he has yet to confirm that he will seek an 11th term. The signs, however, point to him attempting to continue his long congressional tenure. In the past few cycles, the Congressman was coy about whether he would run again all the way to the candidate filing deadline, so his actions this year are consistent with past behavior.
Mr. Peterson’s re-election may not be a slam dunk, however. President Trump scored 62% in the 7th District back in 2016, his strongest showing in any CD that a Democrat represents. Additionally, the Congressman’s own political performance yielded tighter-than-expected 52% victories in both 2018 and ’16. Thus, Republicans are looking to target this district next year presuming they can recruit a stronger GOP candidate.
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