After this Primary, I agree with Democrats: This district is safely Democratic for Congress.
Decisions are made by those who show up. This year, more than 6000 people demonstrated their right to a different choice. There is really no way our voters would have known anything without the generous donations made to this campaign, so our donors deserve many thanks from us all.
Despite the results (58.96-41.04%), I can confidently say we can be very proud of what we have accomplished. I am deeply grateful for the volunteers and all who came out to vote. Every one of the 6104 votes* we got was organic, cultivated by our team. This is the definition of grassroots. Without access to the Republican data, we did not focus our attention on the Republican delegates, so this was truly an addition to the usual political activists who came out to vote.
The support I received around the district was incredible but I am particularly grateful to Todd County voters and, in particular, Long Prairie. Not only did we have a super majority over my opponent in Todd County, but I had more votes over Collin Peterson as well. The love and support is so greatly appreciated.
This Primary, I was up against the local establishment and the endorsement. I did not have access to Republican databases but instead had to run against rumors and pressure by party leaders sent to caucus goers via email just before the election. Through it all, I maintained my message and, together, we stood up and said, “No more politics as usual." We said women and moms do have substance, do know the Constitution, and do have qualifications to lead. We said men and dads also have responsibilities at home with their kids. And all of this is not a basis for endorsing a candidate.
This campaign is on hold for now; but for those who made their voices heard, the fight has just begun. In the near future, I'll be working on the trade expo in October for the American Russian Chamber of Commerce, building on the relationships I have had the opportunity to gain thus far.
To those who spent countless hours, sacrificing their time and money and reputation for this effort, you are my heroes. We have fought the good fight, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith. We are not done!
*Edited on 8/11/2016 to show latest results.
When you consider who to vote for in the Primary today, I am asking you to think about the reality of an electable candidate. I have:
A big thank you to Andrew Ring from Ring Studios of Long Prairie for his video work for Team Hinson.
Since he was 7 years old, Andrew knew he would become a videographer. His parents were into photography, and he wanted to take that a step further. In 2005, he recorded his sister's dance recital, and from there his passion for making videos grew.
"I decided I would do anything I could to keep doing this," Andrew said of his video producing.
While attending Long Prairie Grey Eagle High School, Andrew started a video club. Through that club, he entered competitions and received first place in video and TV-internet streaming. The last film he made before graduation was sold on Amazon.
Since his graduation in 2012, Andrew continues to grow his business and films events in the area. After meeting Amanda Lynn Hinson in March, he dreamed up an idea for using videos on the campaign website and Facebook Page. Thank you, Andrew, from Team Hinson for taking initiative on the videos you made for us!
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By Amanda Lynn Hinson
My opponent in the primary likes to play dirty. I realize as a female and a former pastor/missionary, he assumes I can't take a hit or swing back. As such, I also did not intend to start a boxing match. I learned something at the endorsing convention, though. I have to tell the voters exactly what my opponent's tactics are so that you have all the information. And there’s something as a journalist that I love to do—tell it like it is, reveal the facts, and let you decide.
Why has my opponent consistently called me less conservative than himself without any basis? When I approached him about the matter, he claimed it was his opinion, a matter of subjectivity--based on no facts. However, to the audiences at conventions, he's stated it as fact. And even now, he continues to share this with newspapers. I was nominated by the local Republican party without reservation, and you can't get nominated if you're not conservative. Truly, when we're measuring conservatism, I'd like to know what he's basing his opinions on. Perhaps that I'm a female candidate? We don't expect that always from the conservative side. Currently there are 19 Republican women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He claimed at our convention he was the "only Constitutional-Conservative". It is disgusting to me how there would be anyone in the Republican party to accuse a candidate of not being Constitutional when this is the very fabric of the Republican platform. He claimed it had to do with a particular platform he adheres to. So what is this platform he was referring to? Not of the Republican Party but an independent party which is actually called the Constitutionalist Party. His entire stance of what he wants to do with government is a copy of the Constitutionalist Party platform. He does state all over his social media presence that he is a Constitutionalist. To many of us Republicans, this is more of an adjective. We are all Constitutionalists in the Republican Party. In the paper, he states he is a "strict Constitutional Conservative". My opponent, however, doesn’t call himself Republican—careful with the misleading point that he is “Republican Endorsed”. So yes, he is the only Constitutionalist Party member.
Now, his wife calls me, a former pastor, unethical with more distortions in an effort to call my opponent a man of integrity. As someone who has written many news stories and a book about socialized medicine, I am used to quadruple-checking my facts before publishing. I am extremely conscientious not to spread misinformation. In journalism, this is what I am known for-- telling the truth. To me, gossip is a sin. Spreading lies is wrong. Telling a false story for political gain as you seek to gain the trust of the people is absolutely unacceptable to me. I realize it has always been done, but that is why we are in the mess we are in. A government of the people and by the people cannot really be of and by a people when we get incorrect information.
I hope that you consider this as you vote in the August 9 Primary and in November. I will tell you the facts and the truth. My opponent consistently says whatever he can to smear me and my wonderful team and irresponsibly tells the news and his followers baseless and untrue statements about us that have obviously never run through a fact-check.