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Angie Craig Taking A Long Look - But Is Open To Another Run

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 01/20/17 18:07

by Dave Mindeman

I got a chance to talk with Angie Craig last night. She was at a party celebrating Sen. Greg Clausen's re-election win in November. It was good to see her so upbeat. She needed some time away from it all after the election but she told me that she sat down and analyzed the numbers and what it said was that Congressional District 2 is still winnable for Democrats.

Which led to the inevitable question, "would you run again?"

Her reply was not a firm yes or no, but rather the type of response from a person who doesn't want to make the commitment but is going to stay engaged enough to make that decision with readiness.

We talked some hypotheticals - she won't contribute her own money this time but still thinks she could raise $3 million if needed. She noted that during that first run, she had to invest in her name recognition - and she feels that was successful with an 80% name number at the end.

She also noted that her campaign seemed to be holding its own during the final campaign weeks, even though they could see Hillary's numbers on a downward trend. The campaign still thought they would pull it out, but the collapse (in general) occurred in the final days.

Angie is going to do what needs to be done during this next year. She plans to attend many DFL events across the District and she also plans to shadow our new Congressman and hold him accountable for his votes and rhetoric.

When a candidate loses a close campaign and has to evaluate whether there is enough energy and strength to do it all over again, it is difficult to make any kind of quick decision.

But Angie is leaving that door wide open - and plans to stay engaged and ready.
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