Brad Finstad won the Republican primary and Jeff Ettinger the Democratic nod to compete for the final months of the late GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term in a southern Minnesota House district.
The primary results solidifying the general election have not been called, but it's likely the pair will face off again in November for a full two-year term in the 1st Congressional District, covering Minnesota's southern tier along its state line with Iowa. The district typically leans Republican, but it's close enough to give Democrats a chance to gain a seat in the House as they seek to maintain the majority in the House.
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A race for the seat began unexpectedly when Hagedorn died in February from kidney cancer. The Republican congressman had flipped the district back to GOP control when he was elected in 2018.
His absence attracted several candidates from both sides of the aisle to fill the seat, with 10 Republicans seeking an advantage to hold on to the district ahead of the midterm elections in November.
The race for Hagedorn's seat has been murky, as no candidate rose above the rest to enjoy front-runner status throughout the campaign period. Former President Donald Trump abstained from endorsing anyone in the race despite the late congressman's staunch pro-Trump stance.
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The candidates will face off in a special election on Aug. 9 to fill out the rest of Hagedorn's term under the current boundaries until the winner of the 2022 election is determined.
The election to fill the seat in November may be complicated, as the winner of the special general election on Aug. 9 is likely to win the state's midterm primary held on the same day — paving the way for the chosen candidate to win the general election in November. That election will be conducted based on the newly drawn congressional map, which didn't majorly shift the political balance of the 1st Congressional District.