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Primary 2014: Hagedorn wins GOP primary in 1st District

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Jim Hagedorn campaigning in downtown Mankato.
First District Republican candidate for Congress Jim Hagedorn campaigning in downtown Mankato at the end of July.
Mark Zdechlik / MPR News

Blue Earth businessman Jim Hagedorn defeated the Republican endorsee in the 1st Congressional District Tuesday, winning the right to challenge four-term Rep. Tim Walz.

Hagedorn defeated Aaron Miller, who won the party endorsement this spring but who drew criticism from Hagedorn for not campaigning aggressively.

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With nearly all precincts reporting, Hagedorn had 53 percent of the vote.

Miller, a political newcomer, is a Byron healthcare industry account manager, and was the better financed candidate.

But after losing the endorsement contest, Hagedorn said he re-entered the race because Miller wasn't running an aggressive campaign.

Hagedorn's father, Tom, served in Congress.