GOP candidate Miller ends 7th District bid

State Rep. Tim Miller is no longer running for congress in Minnesota’s 7th District.

Miller, R-Prinsburg, announced in a news release Monday that he is suspending his campaign and will instead seek reelection to his Minnesota House seat.

Miller was seeking the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in 2018. He said he was confident in winning that endorsement but was falling short in other areas.

“A campaign to unseat 28-year incumbent Collin Peterson will need stronger fundraising and greater state and national traction than I’ve been able to generate,” Miller said.

Republicans Dave Hughes and Matt Prosch remain in the race. Hughes ran against Peterson in 2016, losing by 5 percentage points.

Miller said he will run for reelection in House District 17A to “be an effective conservative voice” and “to ensure the seat does not end up in DFL control.”

Former state Sen. Lyle Koenen filed in late November as a DFL candidate in 17A.