Angie Craig (D-MN-02)

Angie Craig is running against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis. She has weak primary opposition. Craig lost her first attempt to win this seat in 2016 by less than 2%. Trump carried the district by only 1% in 2016. The DCCC has targeted the race and awarded Craig by placing her the coveted DCCC Red to Blue List. Lewis, a former nationally syndicated right-wing talk show host, has made incendiary statements. Congressman Lewis voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare access will be a major issue in the race.

Background and Achievements

From a poor family, Craig worked her way through college and earned a B.A. degree from the University of Memphis. She initially worked as a journalist after college, but moved to become the chief executive at St. Jude Medical, a Fortune 500 Company for over ten years. Craig’s advocacy and activism fights for reproductive rights, LGBT rights, affordable college education, and closing the wage gap.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Opposes efforts to restrict women's access to abortion and family planning
  • Supports LGBTQ equality
  • Advocates for debt-free college education
  • Supports protecting the environment
  • Supports Medicare and expanding health care access
  • Advocates for investment in Infrastructure
  • Supports gun reform to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers

Prospects & Opponents

The rematch is rated by pundits as a toss-up. The district was carried by Obama in 2012 and by Al Franken in 2014. Trump only carried the district by 1% in 2016. Although a Republican leaning district, after the 2010 re-districting the margin dropped slightly. The race between Craig and Lewis is rated a toss up. Craig is expected to win her primary.

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