Minnesota incumbents fight to keep power in tight congressional contests

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 8:48 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Up until the last minute, both parties are fighting to win over voters in battleground Minnesota. The presidential race is just one contest that could be close in the upper Midwest.

In Minnesota’s first congressional district, Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn is fighting to hang on to his seat after facing a few controversies earlier this year, including the firing of his chief staff.

This repeat race from 2018 is expected to be tight, again. Hagedorn is facing his 2018 opponent Democrat Dan Feehan, who lost to Hagedorn by less than 1,400 votes two years ago.

In Minnesota’s U.S Senate contest, Democrat Tina Smith is running for her first full term against former Congressman Republican Jason Lewis. Smith was appointed to former Sen. Al Franken’s seat when he resigned in 2017.

Experts say Smith is likely to win over voters in urban areas with her ideas on gun reform and health care, whereas Lewis is likely to lock in rural Minnesota with his support of the President.

This election season, political experts from the University of Minnesota say voters are likely to vote straight ticket, meaning the work President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden put into the state could trickle down to these local candidates as well.

Polls close in the state at 8:00p.m.

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