Brainerd native Rick Nolan defeated Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson to win the DFL nomination for the 8th Congressional District, according to The Associated Press.
“I feel real good about it,” Nolan said. “We had a message that resonated.”
He said he had been greatly concerned about being outspent in the race but added the DFL Party stepped up and his campaign had a good ground game.
The Washington High School (now Brainerd High School) graduate said Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., called to congratulate him shortly before midnight.
“He’s a real gentleman and he’s served his nation. We obviously have strong differences,” Nolan said.
The DFL candidate said he’s looking forward to a good, strong civil campaign between now and November.
Nolan, 68, who now lives near Crosby, is trying return to Congress, where he served from 1975 to 1981 representing the Sixth District.
He will take on Cravaack, who unseated an 18-term incumbent, Rep. Jim Oberstar, DFL-Minn.
Nolan, along with two other DFL endorsed candidates; Taylor Stevenson, the Senate District 10 candidate; and Joe Radinovich, the House District 10B candidate; was at the Moonshine Lounge in northeast Brainerd. The scene there was slightly chaotic with television crews from Duluth, a Minnesota Public radio reporter, and DFL enthusiasts, including Ken Martin, the DFL chairman.
Before midnight the secretary of state’s office reported Nolan leading with 16,064 votes or 39.95 percent, Clark with 12,304 or 30.6 percent and Jeff Anderson with 11,838 or 29.44 percent. Those totals were with 66 percent of the precincts reporting.