Battleground Friday: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District
November 4, 2014
August 12, 2014
Cook Political Report: Toss Up
Current incumbent: Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. He had previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973 and in the U.S. House from 1975 to 1981. Between 1981 and his election in 2012, Nolan worked as the president of the U.S. Export Corporation and the president of the Minnesota World Trade Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
2014 candidates: Incumbent Rick Nolan is running for re-election in 2014 for the Democratic party. Republican candidate Stewart Mills and Libertarian candidate Ray "Skip" Sandman will challenge Nolan in the general election on November 4, 2014. All three candidates ran unopposed in their respective primary elections on August 12, 2014.
Mills has been receiving attention from the media for his unique image. Mills' long hair, which some view as attractive and others say makes him appear unprofessional, won him acclaim as the "Brad Pitt of the Republican Party."
What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: Cook's Partisan Voting Index (PVI) rates Minnesota's 8th as a D+1, or a barely Democratic district. FairVote rates the district as a toss up. Although Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan won in 2012 with an 8.9 percent margin of victory, and the district voted for Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012 with a 5.5 percent margin of victory, Nolan was first elected in 2012, and representatives serving their first term are often more vulnerable than those who have been in office for many years. Moreover, Minnesota's 8th district was re-drawn in 2011, which could have altered the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in the district.
FEC: As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Nolan held a slight advantage over Mills in terms of campaign finances, but both had been fundraising and spending substantial amounts of money on the race. At that time, Nolan had $478,215.97 in cash on hand compared to Mills' $355,738.89.
- The information above was compiled following the Minnesota candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 8th District's election page.
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- Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
- FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "NOLAN, Richard Michael, (1943 - )," accessed August 14, 2014
- Associated Press, "Minnesota - Primary Election Results," accessed August 14, 2014
- Politico, "The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party," accessed June 27, 2014
- The Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index, Districts of the 113th Congress," accessed May 24, 2014
- FairVote, "2014 Elections in Minnesota," accessed May 24, 2014