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GOP endorses Lee Byberg to run again against Collin Peterson in 7th District

Republicans endorse Lee Byberg to take another crack at defeating Collin Peterson in the 7th.

Willmar businessman Lee Byberg has received Republican Party backing to take another shot at defeating incumbent DFL Congressman Collin Peterson.

Byberg, who was endorsed at the party convention Sunday, had run against Peterson in 2010, losing by a 55-37 percent margin.

He won first-ballot endorsement over state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas.

Byberg is vice president of operations for Life-Science Innovations, the parent company of Willmar Poultry.

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Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge said in a statement that Bygerg “is a principled conservative leader who will work hard to win the support of western Minnesotans over the coming months.”

Peterson has been in Congress since 1991, winning close races in his first two re-election bids and winning handily each time since.