Election Recap; Hagedorn Weekly Reports #76 & 77

Election Results


We ran the best Republican congressional challenger campaign of this election cycle. Our relentless retail campaigning built a strong base of support across southern Minnesota and our issue-based attacks exposed Tim Walz’s failed liberal record.

We moved Minnesota’s First District from 54%-46% in 2014 to 50%-50% in 2016. We came within 0.76% of defeating an entrenched congressman, in an election that resulted in the defeat of only one U.S. House incumbent Democrat. Once again, it was Washington interest groups and Washington money, not voter affection, that dragged Walz over the finish line.

We spent $2 per vote, won 13 of 21 counties, carried six counties by 60% or more and won the overwhelming majority of precincts (see below map of precincts carried by congressional candidates).

Precinct Carried by Congressional Candidates

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The razor thin result was a rebuke of Walz’s pro-Obama leftism and an increased acceptance of our campaign and my bold solutions to defend America, reform government to spur economic growth, replace Obamacare, empower Veterans and defend our God-given rights.

We have officially loosened Tim Walz’s grip on Minnesota’s First District.

To read my full election statement click here.

Here’s the link to the MN Secretary of State map for U.S. Representative; DFL-Republican margin by precinct. 

Top 15


We ran the 12th closest race in Minnesota’s history and did so without any help from the national party or Washington interest groups. Had just 2 voters in each precinct voted Hagedorn instead of Walz, we would have achieved the greatest upset victory of 2016. For more information click here.



During the highs and lows of the national campaign for president I stood with President-elect Donald Trump, encouraged southern Minnesotans to vote for him and even predicted his comfortable victory.

This Rochester-Post Bulletin article, Hagedorn Doesn’t Shy from Trump, published August 29, 2016, is an excellent example of my consistent support for Mr. Trump. 


Our campaign is taking care of post-election expenses and would appreciate your financial support. Please make a contribution at www.jimhagedorn.org/donate or mail a check to: Friends of Hagedorn; 11 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 007; Mankato, MN 56001.


Please feel free to stay connected via my personal Facebook page, email me at jim@jimhagedorn.org or call me on (507) 351-7799.

Jim Hagedorn


The most frustrating aspect of this razor thin setback is being denied the chance to represent you in Congress and write the bills and cast the critical votes to enact President-elect Donald Trump’s legislative program to Make America Great Again. Many of Mr. Trump’s core conservative policies are ideas I have championed for years.

But I am excited for our country, as the Republican Party is positioned to move our nation in a new direction and we have the opportunity to shape the Supreme Court for a generation or longer. Additionally, I am thrilled for the State of Minnesota, as the GOP now holds the majority in both houses of the legislature.

After several years of nonstop campaigning, here’s what I learned: The most effective and rewarding way to run for Congress (and be a good congressman) is to personally engage the people of Minnesota’s First District. Meeting you on Main Streets, parades, county fairs and residences made me a better person and a more informed candidate.

Thank you for your votes and support and thanks to my family, the Hagedorn staff, Republican Party officials, financial donors and volunteers who gave us a shot to win and exceed every last expectation.

While we fell just short of victory, it was a privilege to carry the mantel for Minnesota’s First District Republican Party in this election, and I am honored to have represented our shared conservative values.

With appreciation,

Jim Hagedorn