Feehan congratulates Hagedorn on First District win

Ten days after Election Day, the DFL candidate for MInnesota's First Congressional District seat issued a press release acknowledging his defeat and congratulating his opponent.

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Hagedorn (left) and Feehan. (Special to The Globe)

Ten days after Election Day, the DFL candidate for MInnesota’s First Congressional District seat issued a press release acknowledging his defeat and congratulating his opponent.


The release issued by the Dan Feehan campaign was sent out Friday afternoon and offered reflections on both the election’s results and the campaign in general. Republican candidate Jim Hagedorn, who was defeated in November 2014 and November 2016 by incumbent Tim Walz - now Minnesota’s governor-elect - edged Feehan by a margin of less than half a percentage point.


“Over the last week, counties across the district have engaged in the process of going back over precinct totals to make sure that their numbers were reported accurately,” Feehan said in his press release. “Today, the last county finished that exercise and the final count shows us still down a mere 0.45 percent, which is just shy of the margin that would trigger a recount. I congratulate Mr. Hagedorn on his victory and encourage him to represent each and every voice in Congress.



“While this was not the result we were hoping for, it is important to recognize that we are privileged to live in a nation where each vote is counted and every voice is heard; where democracy is the law of the land,” continued Feehan.


A veteran of two tours of combat duty in Iraq, he added: “I am proud to have fought for those ideals as a soldier and to fight for them here on the campaign trail.”


Though Feehan waited until Friday to congratulate his opponent, Hagedorn has been busy assuming the roles typical of a congressman-elect.


Hagedorn has been in Washington this week attending the two-part, bipartisan new member orientation, with the first segment getting underway Tuesday and continuing through today. The second segment is scheduled for Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.



“It is an honor to have the privilege of representing southern Minnesota in Congress, and while my experience as a congressional staffer and congressional affairs officer provides me valuable background in crafting legislative policy, I look forward to the additional training and preparation the orientation will offer,” said Hagedorn in a press release issued Monday.


Hagedorn noted that the orientation sessions cover topics such as “office budget, personnel, ethics, security and emergency preparedness, cybersecurity, office set-up, constituent service, workplace rights and responsibilities and legislative process.” They’re led by bipartisan teams of current members of Congress.


“I’m excited, energized and ready to get to work on the priorities important to southern Minnesota families, farmers and small business owners,” Hagedorn added.


Hagedorn spoke of those priorities the morning after Election Day, when he issued a press release heralding his victory. He noted that his voter margin at the time was outside the automatic recount threshold of one-fourth of one percent.


“I appreciate the faith and confidence the people of southern Minnesota have shown in me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to represent them in Congress,” Hagedorn said in the Nov. 7 release. “We campaigned aggressively with a message of patient-centered health care, border security and work for welfare, and those positions more closely represented the views and values of southern Minnesotans than those of my opponent.”


Hagedorn, though, by no means won a mandate in the district. In voting statistics last updated Thursday morning on the Minnesota Secretary of State website, Hagedorn garnered a total of 146,199 votes (50.13 percent) as opposed to Feehan’s 144,884 votes (49.68 percent).

Hagedorn pointed out in his Nov. 7 press release that he was victorious in 16 of the district’s 21 counties and earned more than 60 percent of the vote in six counties.

“Without a doubt, this victory was made possible because our team of grassroots volunteers walked the parades, knocked the doors, completed the phone calls and engaged in meaningful conversations with voters in every county of the district,” Hagedorn said.  

Feehan, in defeat, shared similar sentiments with regard to his supporters.

“I could not be more proud of our work together,” he said in his Friday press release. “We built something special over the last year and a half. We embraced neighbors, reinvigorated communities, and showed the nation what can be accomplished when we put self-interest aside and work towards a greater good. This campaign reached out to every community with the idea that either everyone matters, or no one matters.

“Tomorrow, we start anew and face the future like southern Minnesotans always have,” he added. “The fight for decency and service-oriented leadership continues. I cannot tell you how eager I am to remain on the front lines, fighting with you. While this campaign cycle has come to a close, our work is just beginning.”

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