MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Erik Paulsen has won his primary as he tries for a third term in Congress representing the Twin Cities’ western suburbs.
Paulsen easily beat back a challenge from John Howard, a 24-year-old political newcomer. In November, Paulsen will face Democrat Brian Barnes, an Edina businessman.
The 3rd District seat has long been held by Republicans but has been seen as a potential pickup opportunity for Democrats. That was before redistricting added more Republican-leaning precincts.
Paulsen won the seat in 2008 after longtime Republican incumbent Jim Ramstad retired.
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