With endorsements from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, among others, Michelle Fischbach secured her spot on the November election ballot, winning by more than 10,000 votes over second-place finishing Dave Hughes, with more than 70 percent of the precincts reporting late Tuesday night.

“Since I entered the race, I have been focused on defeating Collin Peterson and representing western Minnesota on all of their values and priorities,” Fischbach declared. “As voters in Greater Minnesota watch our cities burning, they know the future of our country is at stake. Peterson says he is with us, but will always vote to keep Nancy Pelosi and democrats in power. People in western Minnesota want to fire Nancy Pelosi, and they are realizing that means we have to retire Collin Peterson first.”

The win by Fischbach sets up a showdown against Collin Peterson, who overwhelmingly defeated his two challengers on the Democratic ticket. 

“Today, voters re-affirmed what Republican Party delegates decided in May: that Michelle is the best candidate to defeat Peterson and be a new, conservative voice for the Seventh District,” said Craig Bishop, Chairman of the Seventh Congressional District Republican Party.  “The democrats have become the party of socialism and bad ideas, like defunding the police and the Green New Deal. A vote for Peterson is a vote for Pelosi, and in a district President Trump won by over 30 points in 2016, Michelle Fischbach gives republicans their best offensive pick-up opportunity in the nation.”

Peterson has served District 7 since 1991.

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