Rep. Jason Lewis, the Minnesota Republican who once lamented that it’s no longer acceptable to call women “sluts”, lost his reelection bid on Tuesday to Democrat Angie Craig.
> Craig won by more than 5 percentage points in the race which CNN rated a "toss up." The one-on-one race was a rematch of 2016, when Lewis narrowly beat Craig. Both sides saw the district as a key battleground, with the National Republican Congressional Committee releasing a targeted ad in September attacking Craig, a former healthcare executive, for corruption.
> In July, CNN's KFILE reported on several misogynistic comments made by Lewis on the "Jason Lewis Show," a radio program he hosted from 2009 to 2014 with the tagline "America's Mr. Right."
In 2012, after right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh called women's rights activists and then-graduate student Sandra Fluke a "slut", Lewis could not get over the idea that the term is not longer acceptable.
> "Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment," Lewis said in a March 2012 episode. "Does a woman now have the right to behave -- and I know there's a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around -- you know, I'm not going to get there, but you know what I'm talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can't call her a slut?"