Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District is unexpectedly among the most hotly-contested House races in the country. Outside groups are on a spending spree, pumping millions of dollars into television ads attacking Democrat Rick Nolan and Republican Stewart Mills. Mills, whose family founded the popular sporting goods chain stores Mills Fleet Farm,
new poll suggests there could be an upset brewing in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. A KSTP/ SurveyUSA poll found that Republican Stewart Mills is leading incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan 47 percent to 39 percent, with 11 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.
Rep. Rick Nolan has outpaced Republican challenger Stewart Mills in recent fundraising with the November election closing in. Between July and September, Nolan pulled in about $647,000 compared with about $435,000 for Mills. But Mills also loaned his campaign $128,000 during that same period.
The nation’s most powerful gun rights group is targeting Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan with a massive ad blitz the week before Election Day. The National Rifle Association has reserved $750,000 in ads starting Oct. 28, according to public filings. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker confirmed the ads would focus on Minnesota’s 8th District.
In the first debate in Minnesota’s hotly contested 8th Congressional District, the candidates talked guns, taxes, and mining.
Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an “out of touch millionaire.” But if he’s elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.
Minnesota 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan is the target of a barrage of Republican advertising with a tough, emotional edge. The ads from the Republican Congressional Committee make the claim that the Democratic Congressman is soft on terrorists.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit the University of Minnesota to talk about new programs for farmers. The USDA says Vilsack will appear on the St. Paul campus Thursday to announce new initiatives to help farmers across the country better manage their risks.
National Democrats are spending more than a $1 million on television campaign ads taunting Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills. It’s a signal that Democrats take first-time candidate Mills seriously in northern Minnesota’s Eighth District race against incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan.
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Stewart Mills is mounting a challenge to Nolan that is receiving national attention. Mills talked about the upcoming election and race against Nolan for that seat on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy.
Minnesota congressional members have introduced bills to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The legislation would rename the Chisholm (CHIS’-uhm) Post Office and portions of Highways 35 and 61 in Oberstar’s memory. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who now holds Oberstar’s seat, introduced the bipartisan bill. Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz signed on as sponsors.
U.S. Reps. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rick Nolan of Minnesota are proposing a reroute of the North Country Scenic Trail that they say would protect Minnesota wetlands and create a unified system of trails from North Dakota to Vermont.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
A new television ad from a conservative group is targeting Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan’s votes around the nation’s new health law.