A Duluth television station is dropping a DFL ad that claims Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack no longer lives in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports. WDIO-TV sales director Debra Messer says the decision came after Cravaack's campaign called the ad "misleading" and "defamatory."
The news service says Cravaack lives in North Branch and his family moved to New Hampshire last year.
The ad in question (below) includes a steelworker saying, "He doesn't even live in Minnesota anymore," referring to Cravaack:
A DFL spokeswoman says the party will make a small edit and resubmit the ad.
A recent Star Tribune poll shows DFL challenger Rick Nolan gaining new ground in the race, moving ahead of Cravaack 50 percent to 43 percent.
MPR News says fading tea party support could be hurting Cravaack this election. The group is far less vocal than it was in 2010 when Cravaack unseated longtime Democratic incumbent Jim Oberstar.