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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ettinger wins Dame for the Hagdorn seat; Finstad, Munson Vie

by Steve Karnowski

MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) — Former Hormel Foods executive Jeff Ettinger won the Democratic primary on Tuesday and served the late U.S. Representative Jim Hegorn’s term, while Republicans Brad Finstadt and Jeremy Munson were locked in a close fight late in the evening.

Finstadt, a former state representative, and current state Representative Munson was well ahead of a crowded field of Republicans eager for a shot at capturing the Republican-leaning seat.

The winners will meet with Ettinger in August to determine who will complete the final few months of Hegdorn’s tenure. The stakes are likely to be higher, however, with winners expecting a jump in their chances of winning a full term later in November.

“We are very excited. It is really an honor to gain the trust of voters in the district,” Ettinger said. “I am ready for the next phase of the race. I intend to offer the district an alternative to a non-politician – someone who is inclusive and respectful in representing the district.”

Other Republican hopefuls include Hegdorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan. Finstad, Munson and Carnahan all praised former President Donald Trump for trying to differentiate themselves from their rivals.

Trump did not endorse the race.

Ted Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan, Munson portrayed himself as a true conservative in the race. He missed out on endorsement by district Republicans earlier last month.

Meanwhile, Finstadt had the support of establishment Republicans such as U.S. Representative Michelle Fischbach and Pete Stauber of Minnesota. He also had a pedigree of having served in the Trump administration as the state director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota.

Carnahan brought baggage into the race, including being forced out as president of the state Republican Party last year after a major donor was indicted on sex-trafficking charges and former employees complained of a toxic work environment. Was. This month, Hagedorn’s mother, stepfather and sister also sued over a dispute over borrowing money to help cover her medical bills.

On the Democratic side, Ettinger, who is taking his first steps in politics, raised significantly more money than a handful of rivals. These included University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, former White House ethics attorney in President George W. Bush’s administration, and progressive activist Sarah Breakbill-Hack.

The process that follows Tuesday’s primary is complicated. The winners will participate in the August 9 special general election that coincides with Minnesota’s statewide primary election on the same day.

The winner of the special general election, which will fill the remainder of Hgerdorn’s term in January, will likely win the district’s regular primary on the same day. That should give him an edge in November’s general election, which will determine who holds the seat in the next Congress.

The seat extends to the southern border of Minnesota, and is mostly rural and agricultural except for large population centers in Mankato and Rochester.

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