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DCCC goes on offense, running health care ads in the metro

By: - January 27, 2020 1:02 pm

This story and headline have been updated to reflect the ads’ broader reach than just the Second Congressional District. 

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is getting some national help in her first reelection. Minnesota is among the states where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced more than $1 million in TV and digital ad buys Monday to support candidates in swing districts. 

The ads are an attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has declined to take up a bill that House Democrats say would lower drug costs. 

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) speaking at DC news conference
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 29: Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) speaks during news conference discussing the “Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act” on January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN). (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Craig, a first term Democrat, is among the more vulnerable members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation. The Second Congressional District, which narrowly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, encompasses much of the south Twin Cities metro but also more rural and exurban areas in Scott, Dakota, Goodhue and Wabasha counties. It also contains part of northern and eastern Rice County. 

Craig faces a number of potential challengers, who are all vying for the GOP endorsement. They are former Minnesota state legislator Regina Barr, former Michigan state legislator Rick Olson; former U.S. Marine Corps officer Tyler Kistner; Erika Cashin, an Air Force veteran and Comcast executive; and self-employed businessman Kerry Zeiler.

The ads will also touch another competitive race in southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District, which includes parts of the the Twin Cities metro TV market. Democrats are trying to take out Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who is in a rematch with Democrat Dan Feehan, a veteran and former school teacher. Hagedorn, who voted against the Democrats’ drug proposal, is one of the DCCC’s top targets.

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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez was a senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.