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Cravaack will face tough test in 2012

In 2010, Chip Cravaack pulled off one of the most stunning political upsets in the country by defeating U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The 18-term DFL incumbent chaired the powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and had never won re-election by less than 29 percentage points.

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Just like old times in District 5B race

There's something distinctly familiar about Carly Melin's quest to become a legislator. After she won a five-way DFL primary Tuesday in the special election for Tony Sertich's House District 5B seat, Republicans went after the Hibbing native the very next morning, questioning whether she had really lived back in the district for at least six months as required by state law.

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How the lege was won

In many cases, DFLers simply got caught in an undertow in districts that are fundamentally split in their political allegiances; in some, like rural Senate District 16, they handed back control of districts no one had expected them to win in the first place; in others, it appears, they failed to take steps to protect incumbents who faced discernible pockets of Republican opposition.

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Possible Iron Range leadership sweep worries some Democrats

There is erosion on the horizon for the region's standing in the legislative balance of power; population declines have many predicting a loss of seats in the 2012 round of redistricting. Which makes it all the more ironic that the stars could be aligning for a 2011 Iron Range leadership sweep in the legislative and executive branches that some lawmakers find unpalatable.

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