Scott County GOP endorses Mortensen after primary victory

The Scott County GOP unanimously endorsed Minnesota House District 55A candidate Erik Mortensen on Friday, according to a press release.

Mortensen sought the party endorsement in early March along with his primary opponent, former Rep. Bob Loonan. Party delegates left the local convention without endorsing either candidate.

Mortensen went on to defeat Loonan in the Aug. 11 primary with 55 percent of the vote to Loonan’s 45 percent.

“There was a very clear and strong message from Republicans from precincts citywide and the townships that they 100% endorse Erik Mortensen,” Scott County GOP Chair Joe Ditto said in the press release issued by the party.

Mortensen will now go on to face Democrat incumbent Rep. Brad Tabke in a rematch of their 2018 race. Tabke defeated Mortensen by a 602-vote, 3% margin in the 2018 general election. 

“The differences are so stark between Brad Tabke and myself,” Mortensen said in the press release, stating he believes Tabke is “out of step” with District 55A voters.

Sen. Eric Pratt, a Republican representing Shakopee and Prior Lake, attended the endorsement convention and said he believes Mortensen’s values align with the residents of District 55A, which covers Shakopee, Louisville Township, and Jackson Township.

“Erik will protect the budgets of Minnesota families and … I know Erik will stand up for our local Main Street businesses that are struggling under the Governor’s executive orders,” Pratt said in the press release.

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