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Outside groups flood Cravaack-Nolan race with cash

Minnesota’s 8th District race between incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan is among the nation's closes House races. It's also among the most expensive – No. 6 on a list of races ranked by spending by outside groups. About $5.6 million has been dumped in the race as of Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
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Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan is No. 6 on a list of races ranked by spending by outside groups — nearing $5.6 million as of Monday, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

(The site opensecrets.org, which tracks money in politics, ranked it as the No. 9 House race for outside money.)

The two had a lively debate this week, sparring over the economy and health care. The district, with a long history of left-leaning unions and right-leaning social conservatives, is traditionally a Democratic stronghold. But first-term member Cravaack surprised observers by beating longtime Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., two years ago.

A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll from earlier this month gave Nolan a 1-point lead, with 9 percent reporting that they are undecided:

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