Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

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Minnesota's 8th Congressional District
MN 8th District Map.PNG
Current incumbentRick Nolan Democratic Party
Population661,995
Gender50.7% Male, 49.3% Female
Race93.7% White, 1.1% Black, 2.6% Native American
Ethnicity1.33% Hispanic
Unemployment9.3%
Median household income$46,692
High school graduation rate91.7%
College graduation rate20.9%
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
The 8th District covers the northeastern part of Minnesota. It includes Koochiching, Itasca, Hubbard, St. Louis, Cook, Lake, Carlton, Pine, Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Kanabec, Benton, Pine and Chisago counties.[1]

The district previously was anchored by Duluth, Minnesota which is the fourth largest city in state.

The current representative of the 8th Congressional District is Rick Nolan (D). He defeated Chip Cravaack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Elections

2014

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See also: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 8th Congressional District of Minnesota will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Challengers Stewart Mills (R) and Ray "Skip" Sandman (G) will take on incumbent Rick Nolan (D) in the general election. None of the candidates faced challengers in the primary election on August 12, 2014.[3]

Minnesota's 8th is considered a battleground district in 2014. Nolan won his seat in 2012 with an 8.9 percent margin of victory, and President Barack Obama (D) won the district in 2012 by only 5.5 percent. Nolan was first elected in 2012, and representatives serving their first term are often more vulnerable than long-time incumbents. In addition, Minnesota's 8th district was redrawn in 2011, which could have significantly altered the ratio of Democratic and Republican voters. In 2013, Politico reported that Nolan was vulnerable in this competitive race.[4]

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Green Party Green Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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2012

See also: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Incumbent Chip Cravaack was defeated by Democratic challenger Rick Nolan in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nolan 54.3% 191,976
     Republican Chip Cravaack Incumbent 45.4% 160,520
     NA Write-in 0.3% 1,167
Total Votes 353,663
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

2010
On November 2, 2010, Chip Cravaack (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated James L. Obestar (D), Timothy Olson (Independence) and Richard "George" Burton (Constitution) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Cravaak 48.6% 133,490
     Democratic James L. Obestar 47% 129,091
     Independence Timothy Olson 4.3% 11,876
     Constitution Richard George 0% 132
Total Votes 274,589

2008
On November 4, 2008, James L. Obestar (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Cummins (R) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Obestar 67.7% 241,831
     Republican Michael Cummins 32.2% 114,871
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 582
Total Votes 357,284

2006
On November 7, 2006, James L. Obestar (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rod Grams (R) and Harry Welty (Unity) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Elections, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Obestar incumbent 63.6% 180,670
     Republican Rod Grams 34.4% 97,683
     Unity Harry Welty 1.9% 5,508
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 155
Total Votes 284,016

2004
On November 2, 2004, James L. Obestar (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Mark Groettum (R) and Van Presley (Green) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Obestar incumbent 65.2% 228,586
     Republican Mark Groettum 32.2% 112,693
     Green Van Presley 2.5% 8,933
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 271
Total Votes 350,483

2002
On November 5, 2002, James L. Obestar (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bob Lemen (R) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Obestar incumbent 68.6% 194,909
     Republican Bob Lemen 31.2% 88,673
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 349
Total Votes 283,931

2000
On November 7, 2000, James L. Obestar (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bob Lemen (R) and Mike Darling (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 8 General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Obestar incumbent 67.8% 210,094
     Republican Bob Lemen 25.8% 79,890
     Independent Mike Darling 6.4% 19,667
Total Votes 309,651

Redistricting

2010-2011

This is the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota after the 2001 redistricting process.
See also: Redistricting in Minnesota

In 2011, the Minnesota State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.

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