Finstad Defeats Ettinger in Tuesday’s 1st District Special Election

Republican nominee Brad Finstad, a former US Agriculture Department Official in the Trump Administration, defeated Democrat Jeff Ettinger by around 5,000 votes in the Minnesota 1st District Special Election Tuesday night.  Finstad will finish the remaining term of former Rep. Jim Hagedorn who died in February.

Both Finstad and Ettinger were also competing Tuesday in the regular primary election for the full two year term for the seat.  Finstad defeated GOP State Rep. Jeremy Munson, whom he narrowly defeated in the special election primary in May.  Ettinger defeated James Rainwater and George Kalberer in the Democratic primary.

The special election took place under the existing district lines, while the regular primary was held under the new boundaries.