Dean Phillips, owner of the local Minneapolis Phillips Distilling Company and grandson of Pauline Phillips, better known as columnist Abigail Van Buren, or “Dear Abby”, announced a general election challenge to five-term Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie). Democrats took a strong shot a Mr. Paulsen in the last election with state Sen. Terri Bonoff, a prolific fundraiser, but she fell by a lopsided 43-57% margin. Therefore, Mr. Phillips will have to mount a major challenge campaign to position himself for an upset victory. Based upon the political strength Rep. Paulsen has exhibited throughout his congressional career, the GOP incumbent begins this campaign as a clear favorite.
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