Angie Craig

Controversial Former Talk Radio Host Wins GOP Primary in Minnesota Battleground
Jason Lewis has a history of controversial comments about women and slavery

Jason Lewis won the GOP nod for the open seat in Minnesota's 2nd District Tuesday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jason Lewis, a former radio talk show host with a history of controversial comments about women and slavery, has won the GOP primary in Minnesota's open 2nd District.

Lewis won with 46 percent of the vote in the four-way primary, according to the Associated Press.

Open Minnesota House Seat Takeover Opportunity for Democrats
Lackluster candidates in moderate district could be one of first GOP House seats to change hands

The retirement of Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., shown hugging Janna Ryan after Rep. Paul Ryan was sworn in as House Speaker last year, makes his seat a big target for Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. John Kline is retiring  from his competitive, suburban district in Minnesota and expressed concern over the lack of quality GOP candidates to replace him. Those concerns are becoming reality as the seat continues to develop into a prime Democratic takeover opportunity.  

In 2014, Kline was re-elected by 17 points, but his margin of victory made the 2nd District look less competitive than reality, considering President Barack Obama won the district twice, albeit narrowly.