McCollum, Sabo win U.S. House seats in landslide victories

The Minnesota Daily

Democratic U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Martin Sabo, who represent Minneapolis, both won by a landslide in Tuesday’s election.

At press time, Sabo held 67 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Daniel Mathias, who drew 26 percent, with 64 percent of precincts reporting.

Tim Davis of the Green Party received 7 percent of the vote.

Sabo, who attended graduate school at the University, has represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District since 1979 and is currently the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee’s Transportation, National Security and Interior subcommittees.

Across the river in St. Paul, McCollum held 60 percent of the vote with 64 percent of precincts reporting at press time.

McCollum was elected in 2000, and was Minnesota’s first woman in Congress since Democratic Rep. Coya Knutson lost her seat in 1958.

Republican challenger Clyde Billington, a history professor at Northwestern College in St. Paul, took 36 percent of the vote.

Green Party candidate Scott Raskiewicz, a tennis instructor and writer, took 3 percent of the vote.

McCollum serves on the Education and Workforce Committee, including its 21st Century Competitiveness and Select Education subcommittees.

She is also a member of the Resources Committee, its Forests and Forest Health Subcommittee and the National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Subcommittee.