Report: Collin Peterson to Run for Re-Election in 2014

Untitled1According to information from Blois Olson’s The Morning Take, Congressman Collin Peterson will “definitely run for re-election” this year:

Sources close to Rep. Collin Peterson say he will definitely run for re-election in 2014.  After months of speculation that he would retire, and pressure from Republican groups, Peterson decided that to run for at least one more term because of the Republican spending so early in the race.  Expect public confirmation in the coming days from Peterson.

I’ve been monitoring the behind the scenes chatter about Peterson and it’s fair to say that Peterson’s decision has moved back and forth over the last few weeks. A few weeks ago, I wrote that the best hope for Republicans winning the 7th Congressional District is for Peterson to not run for re-election.

Every cycle, Republicans hope this is the time Peterson decides to retire from Congress, as they know it’s Democrats AND Republicans that are sending Peterson back to Washington D.C. every two-years with massive electoral victories.

State Senator Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) is the only announced Republican candidate against Peterson, but other names have been mentioned as candidates. If Peterson does run for re-election, I don’t believe any additional Republican candidates will enter the race to challenge Peterson and Westrom will become the endorsed Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District. But currently, I don’t see any obstacle preventing Peterson from being re-elected again this November.

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