Collin Peterson loses in CD-7, tight races in CD-1 and CD-2

The long-serving congressman is out.
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Collin Peterson's long run in Congress has ended after he lost his seat in Minnesota's 7th District to Michelle Fischbach.

The self-described last remaining "Conservative Democrat" in Congress has held on to his seat despite his district getting increasingly red, but lost on Tuesday to the former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor.

One of the major reasons he was able to hold on for so long is because he wielded considerable influence in Congress as the chair of the House Agriculture Committee while representing the ag-heavy 7th District.

It was a good night for the Republicans in Minnesota's congressional races, with Jim Hagedorn holding off a challenge from Democrat Dan Feehan in the 1st District, and Pete Stauber retaining the 8th District seat in northeastern Minnesota he won in 2018.

In the 2nd District, the contentious race between Angie Craig and Tyler Kistner was extremely close, but the Democrat seems to have done enough to take the win.

Earlier in the evening, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-CD5), Dean Phillips (D-CD3), Tom Emmer (R–CD6) and Betty McCollum (D-CD4) were comfortably re-elected.

It will mean Minnesota's congressional contingent will be 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, though Minnesota is set to lose one seat in the House in the next district re-drawing.

Here are the full congressional results for Minnesota:

Rep. Jim Hagedorn was ahead of Democratic challenger Dan Feehan in the 1st Congressional District race as of Wednesday morning. Hagedorn led Feehan by around 48.8% to Feehan's 45.3%. Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis candidate Bill Rood has around 5.8% of the vote. 

More than 99% of precincts have reported results. 

Democratic incumbent Angie Craig will keep her seat in Congress after beating out Republican Tyler Kistner. Craig won with more than 48% of the voted compared to Kistner's 46%. 

The 2nd Congressional District race faced uncertainty following the death of Legal Marijuana Now candidate Adam Weeks in September. A Minnesota state law would have required the election to be postponed until February, but Craig eventually won her legal challenge, allowing the race to continue on Nov. 3. 

Democrat Dean Phillips will also keep his seat in the 3rd Congressional District. Phillips beat Republican Kendall Qualls with more than 55% of the vote. Qualls had just over 44% of the vote. 

Both candidates made appeals to moderate and independent voters and pushed healthcare as a key issue. 

In one of the Democrats' safer seats in Minnesota, incumbent Rep. Betty McCollum is ahead of Republican challenger Gene Rechtzigel with more than 63% of the vote. Rechtzigel has almost 29% of the vote. 

Grassroots - Legalize Cannabis candidate Susan Sindt has earned around 7.5% of the vote. More than 99% of precincts are reporting results.  

McCollum, first elected in 2000, pushed her record in Congress on issues like protecting Minnesota's Boundary Waters. 

Rep. Ilhan Omar easily defeated Republican Lacy Johnson with more than 64% of the vote to Johnson's nearly 26%. Legal Marijuana Now candidate Michael Moore earned around 9.5% of the total vote. 

While Omar had a comfortable win in the solidly-Democratic 5th Congressional District, her vote share fell compared to her 2018 win, though her Republican opponent, Lacy Johnson, outspent her 2-to-1.

Republican Tom Emmer has comfortably retained his seat in the solid red 6th Congressional District. Emmer is ahead with 66% of the vote compared to Democratic challenger Tawnja Zahradka's nearly 34%. 

More than 99% of precincts have reported results. 

Emmer is currently chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. During his campaign, he emphasized his work on bipartisan efforts including CARES Act relief funding. 

Republican incumbent Pete Stauber has won Minnesota's 8th Congressional District with almost 57% of the vote compared to Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom, who has around 37.6% of the vote. 

Grassroots -Legalize Cannabis candidate Judith Schwartzbacker has around 5.7% of the vote. More than 99% of precincts are reporting results. 

If Stauber wins the district, it will be the first time a Republican was re-elected to the seat since 1944. The 8th Congressional District was also a hot spot for both presidential campaigns, with both candidates paying visits in recent months. 

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