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Mary Nolan (left) watches as her husband Rick Nolan holds their grandson four-ye

Nolan beats Cravaack in Minnesota's Eighth District


Brainerd native Rick Nolan defeated Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., Tuesday returning the 8th Congressional District seat to the DFL column after a two-year absence.

Cravaack upset 18-term incumbent Jim Oberstar in 2010 to win a seat that had been held by a Democrat since shortly after World War II.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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