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Candidates to continue campaign to be DFL nominee for 8th Dist. Congressional seat

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Jason Metsa said Sunday he will continue his campaign for the 8th Congressional District following Saturday's "no endorsement" result at the 8th District DFL Convention in Duluth. 

In a statement Sunday morning Mets said:

I joined this race to fight for working families, fair wages, and a government that serves all Americans. With no result from the DFL endorsement process, I have chosen to continue my campaign to be the DFL nominee for Congress in the the 8th Congressional District. The best way to identify the strongest candidate to win in November is through a primary campaign. 

North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy also stated Sunday she would continue her campaign.

I joined this race because I believe that we must fight for men, women, transgender, children, seniors, immigrants, workers, First Nations - all of us who live here- to keep our district and nation strong.

Leah Phifer was the only candidate to lead on all ten ballots and the only one to earn over 50 percent of the delegate votes. Campaign manager Sue Hakes in a statement Sunday said the campaign will "assess the resources and strategy moving forward" before deciding about filing for a primary.

We are dedicated to putting the best possible candidate forward against Pete Stauber in November,” says Hakes. “We believe that candidate to be Leah Phifer and we’ll continue to work hard to keep this seat blue.

After more than 12 hours and 10 votes Saturday the DFL was deadlocked.

The delegates needed to come up with a 60 percent majority to determine an endorsement and even when they narrowed the field to Leah Phifer and Joe Radinovich, neither candidate could secure even half of the votes. 

The three other candidates, Michelle Lee, Kirsten Kennedy, and Jason Metsa were out of the endorsement running within the first few rounds of ballots.

The candidates will battle it out again in the primary election set for August 14.

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