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WASHINGTON — Quinn Nystrom’s first campaign ad slammed her opponent for voting against legislation to lower prescription drug costs. So did her second ad. And her third.

Nystrom, a 34-year-old with type 1 diabetes, is waging a spite campaign of sorts against her congressman, Pete Stauber. She launched her bid to unseat the freshman Republican after he backed away from a promise to hold a town hall on insulin affordability in their district, Minnesota’s 8th, a 27,000-square-mile expanse that runs from the Ontario border to the outer suburbs of the Twin Cities.


“I’m sick and tired of elected officials telling me they’re going to do something, and then nothing gets done,” Nystrom said in an interview with STAT. “I had no other choice but to run.”

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