Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonHouse approves statehood for DC in 232-180 votes. House Passes Comprehensive Police Reform Act From Farmers to Grocery Store Clerks, Thanks to all of our food systems MORE (D) won the Minnesota 7th District Democratic House area code and fought fierce re-election in a Republican district.
The former Lt. Governor Michelle Fischbach, who was supported by the state GOP, defeated four rivals on Tuesday and won the Republican nomination. According to the AP, she received around 60 percent of the vote.
The Republicans are expected to give their full support to Fischbach as they see the race as one of their best ways to switch seats this cycle.
The former lieutenant governor is already part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) Young Guns program, which is sending a signal to national Republicans who should leave their support behind.
And Peterson is on particularly precarious ground as his profit margin declines cycle after cycle. The conservative Democrat won re-election in 2014 with over 8 points, in 2016 with 5 points and in 2018 with just over 4 points.
Peterson has tried to uphold his appeal in the district with a number of controversial voices, including against the charges against Trump. However, it is unclear whether the Democrat will be able to survive politically in a district remote from him and in a cycle in which GOP voters are expected to come into effect.
The Cook Political Report rates his race as a “litter”.