DFL caucus-goers back Rick Nolan to challenge Cravaack in 8th District

Nolan, who served in Congress during the 1970's, hopes to challenge freshman Republican Chip Cravaack. On caucus night he bested fellow Democrats Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark. But the trio may be headed to a primary election.
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Nolan, who served in Congress during the 1970's, hopes to challenge freshman Republican Chip Cravaack. On caucus night he bested fellow Democrats Jeff Anderson and Tarryl Clark. But the trio may be headed to a primary election.

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