Lee Byberg is the Republican-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District.
Byberg was facing State Senator Gretchen Hoffman in a hard-fought campaign to gain the endorsement to run against incumbent Democrat Congressman Collin Peterson. Hoffman entered the race after redistricting placed her into the same State Senate district as Republican Senator Bill Ingebritson.
Candidates for endorsement must receive at least 60% of the ballot to win. Byberg won convincingly Saturday on the first ballot, exceeding the 60% requirement by a significant margin. The precise vote total was not publicly revealed.
Both candidates pledged to abide by the endorsement and forego a primary challenge.