DFL challenger Rick Nolan, rekindling his congressional career 30 years after he last served in the U.S. House, has defeated one-term Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., MPR says. After a long night of watching returns in the close race, Cravaack conceded, the Star Tribune reported.
Nolan quoted Yogi Berra: "It feels like deja vu all over again."
Here's his victory speech:
Nolan had served in the House from 1975 to 1981.
The Cravaack-Nolan race was close throughout the campaign. The DFL was eager to retake the seat in the socially conservative district that nonetheless has a long history of strong DFL politics. Cravaack won the seat in 2010 in a surprise upset of longtime DFL congressman Jim Oberstar.
The race was a big target for outside groups that thought the freshman lawmaker was vulnerable.
The campaign was at times contentious, as the two fired negative TV ads at voters. Nolan late in the race decided to take a swipe at Cravaack because his family lives in New Hampshire, although Nolan had said he wouldn't make that an issue.
The two clashed in debates on just about everything, from mining issues to Medicare.