By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum is projected to keep her seat in Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

McCollum ran against Republican newcomer Gene Rechtzigel, a self-described farmer and property manager. His wide-ranging platform included increased support for law enforcement, a push for clean water and lower taxes.

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The 4th District — which encompasses all of St. Paul, most of Ramsey County and a portion of Washington County — has been a Democratic stronghold since 1949.

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During her nearly-20-year tenue in the United States Congress, McCollum has pushed for LGBTQIA-plus rights, clean energy and the preservation of Social Security.