During Wednesday’s night rally in Duluth, President Trump stumped for U.S. Senate Candidate Karin Housley, who hopes to win the August 14 GOP primary for the right to take on Democrat Tina Smith in the special election to fill the seat vacated by disgraced Al Franken. Smith was appointed by the state’s Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, and is considered a heavy favorite to win the seat in the general election.
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, is hopeful Housley can pull off an upset. “We’re hoping she can because on the basic issues she seems to be taking a pretty conservative stand,” she tells OneNewsNow.
According to Markell, Minnesota is in transition because of President Trump. “Minnesotans, particularly blue-collar Minnesotans, have been out of work thanks to Democrat Party politics,” she explains. “That is why we saw the rally in Duluth where they were ecstatic over Donald Trump: he’s brought jobs back.”
The ministry leader says the state’s residents have felt the effects of the liberal refugee policies that Trump opposes.
“Minnesota has between 100,000 and 200,000 Somalis. [The state] is unrecognizable compared to 30 to 50 years ago,” she shares. “So we need candidates who are willing to take a stand on the immigration issue – which Housley does ….”
Still, Markell concedes it’s a long shot that Housley goes to Capitol Hill.