It's going to take a lot to oust Blue Dog Democrat Collin Peterson from his Seventh District seat, but GOP-endorsed challenger Lee Byberg is looking for his Achilles heal.
The 47-year-old's campaign has hired a prominent Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, to survey the fairly conservative district in western Minnesota. The company's co-founder Glen Bolger will oversee this effort from their Alexandria office.
Last year, Bolger was the pollster for Bob McDonnell's winning gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
“It’s a big hire," said Byberg campaign consultant Maggie Osskopp. "He’s a very intelligent man and knows what it takes to get a flavor across a district. ... We know that Lee is the man for the job, and so we want to give ourselves as a campaign every tool and every resource to pull off a victory on November 2.”
It's also likely an expensive hire for the campaign, given that they only took in about $35,000 last quarter -- not to mention a $55,000 loan from Byberg himself.
Osskopp also consults for Republican John Kline and is married to Kline's district director, Mike Osskopp.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."