Trump Endorses Dave Hughes

Trump Endorses Dave Hughes


September 12, 2018


Kip Christianson – Campaign Manager, Hughes for Congress


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Karlstad, MN – On Saturday morning, the President of The United States, Donald J. Trump, via Twitter, issued his “Total Endorsement” of Dave Hughes’ campaign to unseat 28-year incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson in western Minnesota’s seventh Congressional district. Trump won the district by 31 points in 2016. This is the first Trump endorsement of a challenger running against a Democratic incumbent running for reelection in the House.

The President tweeted: ”Dave Hughes is running for Congress in the Great State of Minnesota. He will help us accomplish our America First policies, is strong on Crime, the Border, our 2nd Amendmen, Trade, Military and Vets. Running against Pelosi Liberal Puppet Petterson. Dave has my Total Endorsement!”

Reacting to the endorsement, Dave Hughes said: “The President’s total endorsement has provided our campaign with unprecedented support and winning energy. I’m extremely grateful and, with the voters’ support, I look forward to fighting alongside the President in the next Congress to continue implementing his America First Agenda which has already proven hugely beneficial to voters in our district, together we can do so much more.

“My team has been fighting for western Minnesotans for 29 months, meeting thousands of folks in every county across this large district. There’s a strong desire for change and new conservative leadership that we’ve been hearing from voters at the doors, but this endorsement has drawn needed national – and even international – attention to this race.

“I’ve been saying this is the biggest sleeper race of the cycle. Now there’s a national sentiment that if we continue outworking our opponent, tirelessly introducing our message to new people every day, we will win in November. And data bears that out.”

Hughes, the Republican nominee in the November 6th general election, is a retired 21-year United Air Force officer and combat veteran of the Iraq War. He served seven deployments around the world. Today he continues to serve the country alongside United States Customs & Border Protection in his role as a MQ9 Reaper drone pilot and the lead schoolhouse instructor for the pilots of USCBP. When not teaching, Hughes flies security missions over our northern and southern borders.

Political outsider Hughes gave Peterson a scare in 2016 when, despite being outspent 30 to 1, he came within 5 points of beating the long-time incumbent, a closer result than any challenger had levied in well over a decade. At that time, the Hughes campaign team consisted of Dave, his wife Amanda, and their seven children. Now, with a professionalized team the Hughes Ground Crew, in reference to Dave’s Air Force history, is mobilizing to knock doors, make calls, and turn out voters for Dave across the district in their fight toward November victory.


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