MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Rep. Dean Phillips is projected to keep his seat in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

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The Democratic businessman and philanthropist defended his seat against a challenge from Republican Kendall Qualls.

Phillips was first elected to the suburban, west metro district in 2018, when he beat five-term Republican congressman Erik Paulsen.

During the campaign, Qualls criticized Phillips for “virtue signalling” following the death of George Floyd and not supporting law enforcement. Qualls is a military veteran and businessman. He is also Black.

“We are incredibly proud of Kendall Qualls and the race he ran for Congress.  There is not a more authentic and genuine candidate that has truly lived the American Dream, than Kendall,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

Prior to the election, Phillips has been focused on a bipartisan bill for a second COVID-19 relief package.

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