ST. PAUL – A year out from 2020's election, the U.S. House's top Republican is backing a candidate for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, which Republicans see as one of their top flip opportunities in the country.

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, tweeted that Republican candidate Michelle Fischbach has his "complete and total endorsement." Minnesota's former Republican state senator and lieutenant governor announced her candidacy to take on Democratic-Farmer-Labor incumbent U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in September.

Peterson has represented the western Minnesota district since 1991, but Fischbach's campaign noted in a Tuesday news release that his margins of victory have shrunk in the past three elections. Republicans hope that President Donald Trump's name on the ballot in 2020 will invigorate enough voters in the district to turn Peterson's seat red in Congress.

Fischbach took aim at House Democrats in her Tuesday release, saying "they have been too obsessed with an impeachment inquiry to remove President Trump from office to accomplish anything meaningful."

“This is why the House Republican majority matters next year and why Leader McCarthy has been at the front lines of this fight," she continued. "I am proud to accept his endorsement, and I am committed to doing my part in taking back the House.”