House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is about to have another Republican member after Tuesday’s special election for Minnesota’s First Congressional District saw voters elect Republican Brad Finstad to serve out the remainder of late GOP Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s term.
Finstad, a fourth generation Minnesota farmer and former U.S. Agriculture Department official, was leading Democrat Jeff Ettinger 59 percent to 39 percent at the time the race was called by Decision Desk HQ just before midnight on the East Coast.
The victory for Finstad in the first special congressional election since the Dobbs decision came down and Roe v. Wade was overturned will lead to some significant tea leaf-reading ahead of November’s general election.
It’s also another boost to Republican momentum as party leaders look for successes to hype up — as was done with Republican Rep. Mayra Flores’ June special election win in Texas’ 34th Congressional District. more here