Republican Brad Finstad wins special election for Minnesota House seat
Republican Brad Finstad won a special election to fill the remainder of late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, the Associated Press reports.
The big picture: Finstad, a former legislator and USDA rural development director, defeated Democratic nominee and former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger.
Background: Hagedorn, a two-term GOP congressman, died in January of kidney cancer at age 59.
Finstad defeated a slate of rivals that included a conservative state legislator backed by the Freedom Caucus and the late congressman's wife, former Minnesota Republican Party chair Jennifer Carnahan, to win the GOP...