Minnesota Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonDemocratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super TuesdayHouse approves bill banning flavored tobacco productsSenate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachmentMORE, the influential Agriculture Committee chairman and last remaining impeachment opponent in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSurveillance deal elusive as deadline loomsHillicon Valley: Barr offers principles to prevent online child exploitation | Facebook removes misleading Trump census ads | House passes bill banning TSA use of TikTokWomen ask ‘if not now when?’ after Warren exits presidential raceMOREs Democratic Caucus, will run for reelection this year in a district where President TrumpDonald John TrumpSurveillance deal elusive as deadline loomsCoronavirus fears disrupt daily lifeThe Memo: Biden poised for gains in next waves of primariesMORE is enormously popular, sources said.
Peterson’s decision to run for another term is good news for Democrats, who probably would be more likely to lose the seat without him. 
The veteran lawmaker is one of the top targets of House Republicans this cycle, in part because his rural Minnesota district has been trending more conservative in recent cycles. In 2016, Trump beat Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWomen ask ‘if not now when?’ after Warren exits presidential racePelosi: ‘We’ll have a woman president’ somedayThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Warren exits, setting up Sanders, Biden battleMORE by more than 30 points, 61.8 percent to 31 percent, in Petersons district. But Peterson still won his race.
In previous elections, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWarren says a woman can still be president, ‘it’s just going to be a little longer’Trump says he last spoke to Obama at Bush funeral: I said ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’Sanders ad with Obama raises eyebrowsMORE had captured 44.1 percent of the vote in 2012 and 47.1 percent in 2008 in Petersons district.
Petersons political survival hes running for his 16th House term, a development first reported by Politico has demonstrated the power of incumbency. As the district has grown more Republican, hes been able to stave off GOP opponents and win reelection, touting the Agriculture Committee gavel he held from 2007 to 2011 and currently holds, as well as his record of breaking from his party on key issues.
Peterson, now 75 years old, was one of 34 Democrats to vote against ObamaCare, though he has opposed subsequent GOP efforts to repeal the landmark healthcare law.
More recently, Peterson was one of only two House Democrats to oppose articles to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to the presidents dealings with Ukraine.
The other Democrat, freshman New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewDCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirusGinsburg expresses hope amid a Senate she thinks is ‘divided sharply’Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital adsMORE, promptly switched parties during a televised Oval Office meeting with Trump, leaving Peterson as the lone Democrat to have opposed impeachment.
With Trump back on the ballot this fall, Republicans see this year as their best chance to oust Peterson. In the 2018 midterms, Republicans came within striking distance; Peterson fended off GOP challenger Dave Hughes, 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent. 
Republicans began salivating last summer when Peterson reported that he had sold his Washington, D.C., condominium for $460,000, a sign that the veteran lawmaker might soon retire. Now that hes running, Republicans said they still dont think hell need that home in D.C. next year.
Good thing Collin Peterson already sold his house in D.C. itll make the logistics a heck of lot easier once he loses in November, said Calvin Moore, a spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership. The Democrats have put socialism on the ballot in 2020 and Collin Peterson will own every bit of it.
Petersons decision came just days after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden’Easy access’ to Biden allowed protester to rush stage at rallyThe Memo: Biden poised for gains in next waves of primariesVulnerable Republicans dodge questions on support for ObamaCare lawsuitMORE consolidated support from more moderate Democrats and reclaimed his presidential frontrunner status with a series of unexpected Super Tuesday victories over liberal Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders’Easy access’ to Biden allowed protester to rush stage at rallyThe Memo: Biden poised for gains in next waves of primariesVulnerable Republicans dodge questions on support for ObamaCare lawsuitMORE (I-Vt.).
Centrists like Peterson have argued that they would have a much easier time winning reelection with a moderate like Biden at the top of the ticket compared with Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist.