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Jill Abahsain wins DFL primary in Minnesota's Congressional District 7

Jill Abahsain, of Sauk Centre, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsed candidate for Congress from Minnesota's District 7, will be on the ballot in November. She was challenged in the DFL primary Tuesday by Alycia R. Gruenhagen, of Glencoe. Abahsain received 59% of votes cast and Gruenhagen received 41%, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office.

Jill Abahsain in an outside portrait photo photographed in 2020.
Jill Abahsain won the DFL primary Tuesday. She is the party's endorsed candidate for Congress in the 7th District of Minnesota.
Source: JillForMnSenate12 website
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WILLMAR — Jill Abahsain, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsed candidate for Congress from Minnesota's District 7, won her primary Tuesday and will be on the November ballot.

Abahsain, of Sauk Centre, received 14,353 primary votes Tuesday, according to unofficial results reported online by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Her tally represents 59% of votes cast. Alycia R. Gruenhagen, of Glencoe, received 9, 971 votes, or 41%.

Congressional District 7 is the state's westernmost and largest geographic district by far. It includes most of western Minnesota from the U.S.-Canada border in the north to nearly the Iowa border, minus a strip of the southernmost counties, and extends into parts of central Minnesota.

The district contains the entirety or parts of the following counties: Becker, Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Murray, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, Stearns, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.

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Republican Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach was unopposed in the GOP primary and received 59,440 votes. The Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Travis "Bull" Johnson, also unopposed in his party, received 509 votes.

This is Abahsain's second bid for public office. According to West Central Tribune archives, she ran unsuccessfully against Torrey Westrom for the state Senate District 12 seat in 2020.

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According to her campaign website, she is currently a columnist for the Sauk Centre Herald and La Voz Libre in central Minnesota.

Fischbach, of Paynesville, is completing her first term in Congress. She served as lieutenant governor of Minnesota prior to that. She was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1996 and served until 2018, according to her campaign website.

Johnson, of Beltrami, is an Army and National Guard veteran, according to his campaign website, and now raises livestock on the family farm.

Susan Lunneborg is the news editor of the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Lunneborg can be reached at: slunneborg@wctib.com or 320-214-4343.
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