Like the Albert Lea Tribune and the Rochester Post Bulletin before it, the Star Tribune has endorsed Tim Walz for a third term. (The New Ulm Journal has endorsed Randy Demmer and it's likely the Fairmont Sentinel will do the same).
From the editorial, Walz has earned a third term: Incumbent has ably served veterans and his district:
During his first two terms in Congress, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has been a stellar advocate for veterans, responsive to his region's key employers and consistently earned high marks from local officials for his assistance on matters small and large, particularly the weather-related disasters that have hit this district. He's more than earned the right to represent this swath of southern Minnesota for another two years.
The former Mankato teacher and coach faces two solid opponents this year in respected Republican state legislator Randy Demmer and Steve Wilson, a likable but unelectable Independence Party policy wonk. Independent Lars Johnson is also running. None, however, has made a strong case for voting out the hard-working Walz. Demmer, who is Walz's main challenger, has seemed out of his depth on critical foreign policy issues and offered up bromides rather than detailed solutions on a problem his campaign highlights: runaway federal spending.
Demmer has also gone after Walz for supporting health care reform. Walz, however, has been endorsed by Minnesota's former Republican Sen. David Durenberger for his work on that bill. Walz was a strong champion of measures sought by some of Minnesota's largest employers: its health care providers. These reforms will start to rein in costs and reward high-quality, low-cost providers -- like those in Minnesota -- instead of the providers that simply do the most procedures. Tellingly, Mayo Clinic employees are leading financial supporters of Walz's campaign. . . .