Fischbach announces candidacy for Peterson's congressional seat
Former lieutenant governor will take on Democrat Collin Peterson.
Michelle Fischbach, former state senator and lieutenant governor, announced Monday that she will challenge Democratic stalwart U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson for the congressional seat in Minnesota's western Seventh District.
Fischbach will be a formidable opponent for Peterson, a 15-term congressman who has defeated a string of poorly funded Republican candidates even as his district has grown more conservative, said Sam Winter, a spokesman for Fischbach's campaign.
"It is the most pro-Trump district in the country held by a Democrat," said Winter, noting that Peterson won re-election in 2018 even though the Republican president carried his district by 31 points in 2016.
Fischbach seized on the president's popularity in her written announcement, and highlighted Peterson's voting record in opposition to President Donald Trump's administration.
"One of his first votes this Congress was to ban the wall, and he votes against President Trump 85 percent of the time," she said. "Unlike Peterson, I will work with President Trump to secure our borders, build the wall, fight against the Democrats' socialist agenda and keep America great."
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