Aug 15, 2012 at 8:05 am
BRAINERD, MN (KNSI) - Despite being outspent by a 3-to-1 margin by challenger Tarryl Clark, Rick Nolan has won a three-way Democratic primary in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District.
Nolan advances to the November 6th general election where he'll face first-term Congressman Chip Cravaack.
"We had the winning message, we had the winning volunteers and we are going to just take this thing forward and we are going to march on to victory in November," Nolan told supporters in a victory speech last night.
Meanwhile the GOP incumbent plans on campaigning on his accomplishments in his first two years in Washington.
"We're just going to keep on doing what we are doing," Cravaack said. "My legislation has been 8th District specific, whether you are talking the Mille Lacs Lake bill or the land swap for the school trust land, the Cook County bill, harbor trust maintenance...it is timber, taconite and tourism, that is what I have been focusing on."
Cravaack put the 8th District seat in Republican hands with a 2010 upset victory over longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar and has drawn national attention as a target of a push by the Democrats to win back the seat.
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