It's just over a year until the 2018 mid-terms, but the field of candidates in Minnesota are advancing their bids for Congress.
The past few days saw developments in two of the closest races in the state, Minnesota's 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts.
In CD-1, Minnesota state Sen. Carla Nelson confirmed on Monday she'll be looking to run on the Republican ticket to win the seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who is running for governor.
Announcing at a textiles center in Rochester, the Post Bulletin reports she has previously ran re-election campaigns touting herself as someone "willing to work across the aisle to get things done."
She will be going up against Blue Earth Republican Jim Hagedorn for the party's ticket. Hagedorn narrowly lost to Walz last year, despite the 1st District voting for Donald Trump in the presidential election by a 15 percent margin, the newspaper notes.
While there are only two candidates for the GOP ticket as of now, MPR News notes as many as eight candidates have put themselves forward for the DFL nomination.
Craig launches CD-2 campaign
Meanwhile in CD-2, Democrat Angie Craig launched her campaign looking to succeed where she failed this past November, when she lost to Republican Jason Lewis.
Craig, a former executive of Fortune 500 medical device company St. Jude Medical, revealed in July that she was looking for the DFL's endorsement to run again, and now has the backing of, among others, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan.
"I'm running for Congress to build a Minnesota for all of us," she said in a news release. "I want to work so that every member of every family is rewarded for their hard work with an outstanding education, the training or re-training for a good job, and a fair shot at a better life."
Craig lost to Lewis by a margin of just 1.8 percent – 6,655 votes – in the November election, which followed the retirement of 2nd District GOP incumbent John Kline.