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.READ MORE: AP Source: Vikings Target General Manager Finalists From Browns, Chiefs
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.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Rounds Of Light Snow Expected Over The Weekend
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.
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