The Democrat who has represented Minnesota ‘s 7th district in the US House of Representatives for thirty years is facing a stiff and well-financed challenge this year from Michelle Fischbach, formerly the Lieutenant Governor of the state.
The 7th district is the western part of the state, a very rural place. Its largest city is Moorhead, with a population of roughly 44,000.
The district consistently votes for Republican candidates for President: it voted twice for George W. Bush, then for both McCain and Romney. In 2016 it went for Donald Trump with a very lopsided split: 61.8% to just 31% for Hillary Clinton. Yet the presidential candidates have never had “coattails” in the 7th: not only does Collin Peterson continue to win, he usually wins comfortably.
Fischbach’s hope to change that (RealClearPolitics rates the race a “toss up,”) comes in part from the strength of anti-abortion sentiment in the district.
The Thing to Know:
In January, Fischbach promised, “In Congress, I will take a leadership role in advancing pro-life legislation, as I did during my time in the Minnesota Senate. There will be no higher priority of mine than to be a voice for the voiceless and to protect the rights of the unborn.”