Pete Hegseth, a 31-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and the former director of Vets for Freedom, may be the GOP’s best chance to defeat Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota’s first-term Democratic senator. But he first has to win the endorsement of the state Republican party.
Hegseth launched his Senate campaign in March, after having returned from his last tour in Afghanistan, and raised over $160,000 his first month on the trail. Klobuchar, a reliable liberal vote for the Democratic majority in the Senate, is popular in Minnesota, but Hegseth says he can make the case that the senator’s moderate image at home contrasts with her voting record in Washington. Minnesotans, Hegseth’s thinking goes, just need to learn how liberal that record is.