By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Rep. Jason Lewis says he is confident he will win a repeat victory in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District this November.

In 2016, Lewis won in an upset over Democrat Angie Craig, who was ahead in pre-election polls and outspent him 4 to 1.

Craig is widely expected to win the party’s endorsement later this month setting up a re-match in November.

In that 2016 race, there was a strong showing by an independent candidate, Paula Overby, who finished third with 28,000 votes.

Lewis’ margin of victory was less than 7,000 votes.

Lewis has for the most part been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump’s policies.

On social media and in public forums, Lewis has been criticized for not holding public town halls meeting.

He disputed that on WCCO Sunday Morning.

“I have held a number of town halls, employee town halls, telephone town halls, but I am not here to hold the first Democratic rally of 2018,” he said. “I communicate with constituents every day and they know where I stand.”

Craig is not the only Democrat running for the chance to beat Lewis.

Also running for the DFL nomination is Rosemount teacher and football coach Jeff Erdmann.

Comments (4)
  1. townhalls aren’t a one-way proposition. Lewis talks to his base. but his district is comprised of many people across the spectrum, and he needs to converse with everyone. he isn’t doing that. Esme Murphy is a Fourth Estate media representative. She has no business advocating for one candidate or party over another candidate or party. her boss should be all over her on this.

  2. Lewis is a RINO voted for the debt ridden ..abortion mill funding budget

  3. Jason Lewis is a smart guy — I miss hearing him on the radio but it’s cool to know he’s in Congress using his communication skills.

  4. As a constituent, I have met with all of my former congress folk at Town Hall meetings, and would LOVE for my current congress person to think enough of his consitutuents to hold a Town Hall meeting. I have a hard time wanting to vote for someone who doesn’t bother with me, one of the people he’s supposed to be working FOR (aka Employer!!)

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