APPLE VALLEY -- Republicans have endorsed former U.S. Marine Corps officer Tyler Kistner of Prior Lake to challenge first-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.

Kistner outpolled four other candidates to win GOP endorsement on the first ballot of a virtual convention Saturday.

Reports say Kistner, who is a political newcomer, got a boost from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which named him to their “Young Guns” list of top candidates.

Craig defeated Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in 2018 in a district won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

The district includes the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities.

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