Hagedorn Wins 1st District by Slim Margin, Feehan Campaign Not Conceding Yet

November 07, 2018 06:38 PM

The results from Minnesota's 1st Congressional District went down to the wire.

Wednesday afternoon, Republican Jim Hagedorn was declared the winner in southern Minnesota. He beat Democrat Dan Feehan by just over 1,300 votes. 

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In the end, each candidate received more than 144,000 votes, the two separated by a mere .45 percent.

Hagedorn called it deja vu.

"It was a lot like 2016, we ran the second closest race in the country then," said Hagedorn.

RELATED: Election Results: Hagedorn Defeats Feehan in 1st District Race

But in 2016, Hagedorn lost by the slimmest of margins to Democrat Tim Walz, who gave up the seat this year to run for governor. 

"Important to bring it back for the Republican party," Hagedorn said. 

Feehan addressed his supporters Tuesday night, and thanked them for backing the campaign.

"This is a chance to celebrate what you have built over the last two years," said Feehan. 

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But the Feehan campaign insists they're not conceding yet, saying in a statement, "With a difference of just 1,311 (.45%) votes separating the two candidates, we believe that it's important to receive the official results that county canvass officers will release in the coming days. As this race is approximately 500 votes away from triggering a recount, the campaigns owe it to voters in the first congressional district to wait until official results are in."


If the current vote totals stand and Dan Feehan asks for a recount, he would have to pay for it.  Under Minnesota law, since Feehan lost by more than a quarter of a percent, he’s not eligible for an automatic recount.  Below is the potential cost to Feehan and the amount of money his campaign has in the bank, according to OpenSecrets.org.


If the results hold, Hagedorn is proud to flip this seat for Republicans.

"This seat has been trending more and more conservative. We would hope to hold it for a good amount of time," Hagedorn said. 

Hagedorn hopes to serve on the agriculture committee and be a voice for all Minnesotans. 

"We're excited and very grateful and it's an enormous responsibility so I'm humbled," Hagedorn said. 

RELATED: Record Outside Spending in 1st District Congressional Race

Hagedorn's campaign added that they believe President Trump's recent trip to Rochester certainly helped re-energize the voters. 

Feehan's campaign didn't answer questions on Wednesday as they wait to decide on a possible recount.

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