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President tweets support for Collin Peterson's 7th District opponent Dave Hughes

Hughes has the president's full backing.
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President Donald Trump tweeted his "Total Endorsement" for Dave Hughes, who is running against Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District this November.

In a tweet in which he misspelled the Democrat Peterson's name ("Petterson"), the president threw his weight behind his GOP challenger.

The president's tweet brings into focus a race that hasn't received many headlines so far this election year, considering there are four other races deemed to be "toss-ups" by the Cook Political Report, in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th Districts.

The 7th District, which is the state's largest district, covering a vast swath of western Minnesota, is considered to be a "Likely Democrat" win, according to Cook.

The San Diego-born and raised Hughes is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and now works as a drone instructor pilot for General Atomics.

He now lives in Karlstad, in the northwest of the state, with his wife Amanda and their seven children.

The two top "Issues" on his website is building the border wall with Mexico and banning abortion, while he also backs the 2nd Amendment and an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He also calls for an "America First" foreign policy, echoing the president, though they don't see eye to eye on everything given he calls for "free and fair trade" for the state's agriculture industry that is currently struggling with a tariff war initiated by the Trump administration with foreign trade partners.

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Peterson is seeking re-election yet again, having first being voted in as the 7th District Representative in 1990.

Despite the president calling him a "Pelosi puppet," Peterson has over the years been one of the more moderate representatives in the Democratic Party. 

According to FiveThirtyEight, Peterson has voted in line with Trump's views 67.4 percent of the time since he became president, that's the second highest in the Democratic Party and higher than three Republicans.

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