Rep. Cravaack says goodbye to Minn., politics

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Departing Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., who shocked the world of Minnesota politics with his unlikely win two years ago and then lost the seat after only one term, is planning a likely departure from politics – and from Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports.

He plans to join his wife Traci and their two young sons, who have moved to New Hampshire, he tells the newspaper.

Speaking Thursday, Cravaack likely put an end to any speculation that he would consider a bid for statewide office, perhaps even for governor.

Cravaack defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Jim Oberstar in 2010 in a stunning upset. But DFL challenger Rick Nolan beat him 9 points in November in one of the most expensive U.S. House races in the nation.

Veteran political observer Stuart Rothenberg said that in the 2012 election cycle, Nolan was tied for comeback of the year.

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