State Senator Terri Bonoff probably could have easily won another term in the Minnesota legislature. But she says because the stakes are so high nationally, she is seeking the DFL endorsement for Congress in Minnesota’s third district.
In past elections that might be seen as a risky leap. The district has been in Republican hands for decades and Congressman Erik Paulsen already has $2.3 million in cash on hand to run for reelection. Bonoff has just started her campaign. “We are going to compete. We will raise that money,” Bonoff told delegates to the DFL 48 Senate District convention. “What’s also important to say is this race can’t be bought, it is only earned. It’s earned one-by-one by the people.”
Presidential politics may play role
Analysts say Paulsen could be in trouble this fall if Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential candidate. Trump polls horribly in the moderate district. If moderate Republicans don’t show up to vote, a DFL candidate could have a good chance if they have some money and name recognition.
“I think it’s going to be very tough,” Bonoff said of the upcoming race. “I believe we have a real, real chance.”
Bonoff’s only DFL opponent dropped out as soon as she entered the race. The DFL CD3 endorsing convention is scheduled for May 14.