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Nolan Backed By Steelworkers Union In Minn.’s 8th

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrat Rick Nolan has won the backing of the steelworkers union on the Iron Range as he tries to unseat Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack in northeastern Minnesota.

Nolan announced the endorsement from United Steelworkers District 11 on Wednesday as he focused on mining in Virginia.

Democrats have typically won union backing in the blue-collar 8th District, but Cravaack is supported by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

The race will help determine whether Democrats gain a net 25 seats to take control of the House, where Republicans now hold the majority.

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