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Minnesota's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Nolan Democratic Party
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Minnesota U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Minnesota will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 3, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Minnesota is one of 13 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by either July 22, 2014, to pre-register, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21st day before Election Day).[4]

See also: Minnesota elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Rick Nolan (D), who was first elected in 2012.

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.[5]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Race background

The 2012 election race in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District was a close race, with challenger Rick Nolan securing election by a 8.9% margin of victory. The district was considered a toss-up with Fairvote indicating that as a result of redistricting, the district had gone from a even balance between Democrats and Republicans to a 2% edge in favor of the Democrats.[7] Rick Nolan was out spent by incumbent Chip Cravaack, who spent $2,385,666 compared to Nolan's $1,194,314.[8]

The district was targeted by both the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program[9] and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List."[10]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Stewart Mills (R) to their "On the Radar" list. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[11][12]


Stewart Mills

Stewart Mills (R) was endorsed by the following Minnesota state legislators:[13]

Campaign contributions

Rick Nolan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nolan's reports.[14]

Rick Nolan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 26, 2013$26,207.62$120,703.67$(27,972.83)$118,938.46
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$118,938.00$134,764.34$(59,126.31)$194,576.03
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$194,576.49$129,472.26$(62,989.02)$261,059.73
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$261,059$143,147$(94,514)$298,061
Running totals

Stewart Mills

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mills' reports.

Stewart Mills (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$0$243,826.30$(9,383.77)$234,442.53
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$234,442.53$205,263.98$(133,416.76)$306,289.75
Running totals

District history

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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"


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.[21]

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

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Minnesota Secretary of State Website, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Minnesota Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  6. Minnesota Public Radio "Stewart Mills to run for 8th Dist. seat," accessed July 17, 2013
  7. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Minnesota," March 2013
  8. Open Secrets "2012 Race: Minnesota District 08" Accessed March 2013
  9. NRCC "Patriot Program 2012"
  10. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  11. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  12. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  13. Politics in Minnesota, "Stewart Mills announces GOP endorsements for CD 8 bid," accessed November 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Nolan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  15. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills October Quarterly," accessed March 19, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Stewart Mills Year-End," accessed March 19, 2014
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013