ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Rick Nolan will face a challenge from a fellow Democrat for his northeastern Minnesota congressional district in 2018.

Former FBI counterterrorism analyst Leah Phifer announced a bid for the DFL nomination over the weekend. Phifer had been weighing a run in the 8th Congressional District over the summer.

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Phifer, 33, was born in the district and currently lives in Isanti. She notes that the Democratic party in the region is hurting, especially after the 2016 election.

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President Donald Trump solidly captured the Iron Range district but Nolan held on to win a third term. The battleground district has been among the most expensive races in the country for several years.

Republican challenger Pete Stauber is already in the race.

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