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2010 Congressional races

Nov 11, 2010

Cravaack names former Sen. Grams as interim chief of staff

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, who was ousted by DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton in 2000, will serve as interim chief of staff for 8th Congressional District Representative-elect Chip Cravaack.

Nov 3, 2010

Oberstar drowns in GOP wave, but rest of MN delegation survives

Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in Minnesota history, knocking off 18-term U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in the 8th Congressional District. The GOP challenger received 48 percent of the vote, besting the incumbent by nearly 5,000 votes.

Nov 2, 2010

Fox News: Movement afoot to draft Bachmann for leadership post

Rep. Michele Bachmann Rep. Michele Bachmann Michele Bachmann has her eyes on a leadership post in the House GOP caucus, according to a report from Fox News. Reporter Chad Pergram says there's a "draft" Bachmann effort being pushed by conservative legislators.

Nov 1, 2010

KSTP/SurveyUSA poll: Oberstar and Cravaack in dead heat

A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows a dead heat in the race for the Eighth Congressional District, with 18-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar leading Republican challenger Chip Cravaack only 47 to 46.

Oct 28, 2010

Sabato’s crystal ball: 55-seat GOP House pickup, but MN incumbents survive

National political pundit Larry Sabato has released his final "crystal ball" predictions for the 2010 elections. The director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics anticipates Republicans picking up 55 seats and taking control of the House. Sabato sees the three Minnesota incumbents considered to be in some peril -- DFLers Jim Oberstar and Tim Walz, and Republican Michele Bachmann -[...]

Oct 27, 2010

Quie backs Demmer in CD 1 race

Former Republican governors Al Quie and Arne Carlson both agree that they want Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the governor's office next year, but they don't see eye-to-eye on who should sit in Congress represnting southern Minnesota.

Oct 24, 2010

Duluth News Tribune endorses Chip Cravaack

Duluth daily's editorial board praises Cravaack as a political novice and fiscal conservative. Oberstar slams paper's absentee ownership.

Oct 15, 2010

Walz doubles up Demmer in 1st district money hunt

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz raised just over $400,000 in the third quarter of 2010 and finished September with roughly $800,000 in the bank. GOP challenger Randy Demmer took in slightly less than $200,000 and had $230,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

Oct 15, 2010

Clark raises $1.8 million in third quarter

DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark has raised $1.8 million since July in her bid to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's Sixth District.

Oct 14, 2010

Honeywell tops list of political contributors

Honeywell International's political action committee is the top donor to House and Senate campaigns this election cycle, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. The aerospace and defense contractor, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1885, has doled out $3 million in federal campaign contributions this election cycle.

Oct 13, 2010

Bachmann takes in $5.4 million

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann raised $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2010, adding to her already massive campaign war chest. The Republican incumbent has now taken in roughly $10 million to defend her seat -- nearly three times what she raised during the entire 2008 election cycle.

Oct 12, 2010

Pro-life group backs Cravaack over Oberstar

The MCCL endorsement is likely to fuel claims that Oberstar is vulnerable in a year when many Republicans are trying to tie incumbent members of Congress to unpopular congressional leaders.

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