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Craig ousts Lewis in 2nd District rematch

November 9, 2018

Democrat Angie Craig defeated U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis on Tuesday, avenging a loss she suffered to the Republican in 2016.

Craig won 53 percent of the vote to Lewis’s 47 percent, helping Democrats reclaim the district that covers the south Twin Cities suburbs and all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue and Wabasha counties.

Her victory, coupled with a win by Democrat Dean Phillips in the neighboring 3rd Congressional District, showed Democrats gaining ground in the Twin Cities suburbs.

The election was reminiscent to their 2016 campaign, when Lewis defeated Craig by 47 percent to 45 percent.

“From the start, this campaign has always been about what we’re fighting for,” Craig said in her victory speech at Lone Oak Grill in Eagan. “What we’re fighting for — quality health care for every single American. It’s been about jobs and job skills for every person in this country. It’s been about taking dark, anonymous money out of politics in this country. And it’s been about listening and showing up.”

Craig, 46, a former executive at St. Jude Medical, said campaign finance reform will be the top item on her agenda when she arrives in Washington.

Lewis, 63, a former radio talk show host, was seeking his second term in the U.S. House. In a concession speech Tuesday night, the Republican told supporters he was proud of what he accomplished in Congress.

“Think about what we did in two short years, the greatest regulatory overhaul in a generation. The greatest tax reform in over three decades and we have set the courts and judiciary in this country back on the path to constitutional jurisprudence,” Lewis said. “We came up a little short, but the battle endures.”

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