Tina Smith, Jason Lewis cruise in U.S. Senate primaries
August 12, 2020
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and GOP challenger Jason Lewis won their respective primaries on Tuesday, setting up a November showdown where Smith aims to finally nail down a full six-year term and Lewis tries to reclaim a Senate seat for Minnesota Republicans for the first time in more than a decade.
This year's Senate race is the only statewide office on the ballot in Minnesota in 2020. Smith and Lewis both faced party challengers on the primary ballot, but both handily won their races.
Smith has positioned herself as a progressive advocate for Minnesotans on Capitol Hill as she pushes for broad access to health care, affordable prescription drugs and economic relief for COVID-strapped people and communities. She recently came out in support of legalizing recreational marijuana, and is a longtime ally of Planned Parenthood.