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

November 4 Election Winner:
Rick Nolan Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Nolan Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[3]

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.

Minnesota is one of 14 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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

Race Background

The 2012 election race in Minnesota's eighth 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.[8] Rick Nolan was out spent by incumbent Chip Cravaack, who spent $2,385,666 compared to Nolan's $1,194,314.[9] The district was targeted by both the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program[10] and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List."[11]


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August 12, 2014, primary results

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District history


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)


On November 2, 2010, Chip Cravaack won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated James L. Oberstar (D), Timothy Olson (I), and Richard "George" Burton (C) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Cravaack 48.2% 133,490
     Democratic James L. Oberstar Incumbent 46.6% 129,091
     Independent Timothy Olson 4.3% 11,876
     Constitution Richard "George" Burton 0.9% 2,492
     Independent Write-In 0% 132
Total Votes 277,081

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