April 21, 2018 | Press Release
Hagedorn Wins First Ballot Endorsement
Overwhelming show of support from all 21 counties quickly carries the day
Blue Earth, Minnesota – Jim Hagedorn, Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s First Congressional District, today won the first ballot endorsement of Republican delegates at the party’s district convention held in Mankato.
In winning endorsement, Hagedorn secured support from 218 delegates out of 286 in attendance, for a total of 76.22% of first ballot votes cast.
“First District Republicans overwhelmingly gave Jim Hagedorn their first ballot endorsement quite simply because he earned it. This strong demonstration of unity and support proves delegates believe Jim best reflects the views and values of southern Minnesotans and that his strong campaign committee and tireless work ethic provides our party with the best opportunity to win the November election,” said Minnesota First District Republican Chair Carol Stevenson.
Prior to the convention, Hagedorn secured endorsements from county chairs or deputy chairs in 18 of 21 counties, as well as from 13 current and former Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate, six state legislators and four former First and Second Congressional District Chairs.
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by the Republican activists who form the backbone of our party, and I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with them over the next 199 days to ensure our common sense conservative message is delivered to every home, farm, business and campus across the First District,” said Hagedorn.
In the 2016 election, Hagedorn received 49.6% of the vote against six-term incumbent Tim Walz, who is not seeking re-election to Congress. Minnesota’s First District is considered the best pick-up opportunity in the country for U.S. House Republicans.
“I’m confident our message of Peace through Strength, economic opportunity and protection of our constitutional rights is one that First District voters share, and with their support, it’s the message I will take with me to Washington if I am honored to win their vote in August and November,” Hagedorn concluded.
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