Democrats Could Stage Comeback in Minn. 8th District

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 10:31 AM

By Greg McDonald

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An upset may be in the making in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, where freshman incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Rick Nolan, who last served in Congress in 1981.
 
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nolan is leading in the latest poll by a seven-point margin, as both parties spend millions trying to win the seat to help influence control of the House. So far, the newspaper reports, $4 million has been spent on the race.
 
Cravaack won the seat last year in a major upset over Jim Oberstar last year, delivering the seat to Republicans for the first time in 70 years.  
 
According to the lastest Star Tribune poll, Medicare appears to be a driving issue in the campaign, with older voters apparently believing that the older Nolan will do a better job protecting the program than the younger Cravvack.
 
Cravvack, however, has made some inroads among voters regarding his views on the economy, particularly when it comes to easing environmental regulations in the state on mines and creating more jobs.
 
But Nolan's support of Obama on economic issues has won him support as well among voters in the state who believe the economy is slowly coming back.

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