By WCCO-TV Staff

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.

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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.

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

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