Hotdish Politics: Cravaack one of just 35 who lost House seats

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  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 5:07 PM
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lamenameNov. 10, 12 5:29 PM

Time to do a little fact checking. "Until former congressman Rick Nolan defeated Cravaack on Tuesday, no U.S. House incumbent from this state had lost his first re-election bid in more than 60 years." It seems to me that way back in 2010 Representative Oberstar was defeated in his reelection bid, but I may be mistaken.

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danojNov. 10, 12 7:37 PM

@lamename "Time to do a little fact checking. "Until former congressman Rick Nolan defeated Cravaack on Tuesday, no U.S. House incumbent from this state had lost his first re-election bid in more than 60 years." It seems to me that way back in 2010 Representative Oberstar was defeated in his reelection bid, but I may be mistaken."--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You are mistaken. Maybe you should be the one doing some fact checking...Oberstar did not lose his FIRST re-election bid. He served from 1975 until 2011.

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patriciatNov. 10, 12 7:40 PM

@lamename: Oberstar lost after 18 terms in congress not 1. It was not his first re-election bid; it was his 19th. Read the article again.

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fursideNov. 10, 1210:24 PM

Clearly many people had buyers remorse on Cravaack and decided to Chip in to send him packing.

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zabazoomNov. 10, 1211:14 PM

Well the good people of Minnesota thought Chip should go back to what ever state he's from, it was a kindness realy.

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jackpinesavNov. 11, 12 9:03 AM

Rangers got it right this time. Better get a picture of Cravaak now...cause after his term is over, he will NEVER be seen in Minnesota again. If repubs keep listening to T party, the House goes democratic also in 2014. Fiscal cliff has everyone watching.....Mitch M may still not get it.

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BadgerNov. 12, 1210:26 AM

But unfortunately Kurt Zellers did win re-election, which makes his district almost as stupid as the Sixth District. The man was instrumental in shutting down our state and I don't think I seen a Minnesota politician who is more of an obstructionist than he is. And whether you agree that we should have kept the Vikings or not, his obstructionist policies almost lost a 50 year old football team for our state. I just don't get why these districts continue to vote in losers, just because they have an "R" after their name.

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gcrileyNov. 12, 12 1:02 PM

lamename Nov. 10, 12 5:29 PM Time to do a little fact checking. "Until former congressman Rick Nolan defeated Cravaack on Tuesday, no U.S. House incumbent from this state had lost his first re-election bid in more than 60 years." It seems to me that way back in 2010 Representative Oberstar was defeated in his reelection bid, but I may be mistaken. -- Did you read the whole article? It was talking about losing their first re-elecyion bid.

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curiousmNov. 12, 12 1:41 PM

letting Cravaack in the door was the only way to get Jimmy out - too bad they (the DFL) chose another old clone

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viktorvaughnNov. 12, 12 3:26 PM

I bet Chip felt relieved (as well as a disappointed) when he lost. Now at least he can go join his family in New Hampshire and help care for his autistic child. It must be tiring to split time between soul-sucking Washington, spend quick weekends with the family in New England, and try to be present at his quiet empty house in North Branch so he can be around to represent a massive district that extends all the way to the Canadian border.

Losing also probably eases his mind of the cognitive dissonance he must experience for enjoying a union pension and military retirement benefits as he works to strip the opportunities for other workers to enjoy the same middle class security.

Electing Nolan was a clear win for both candidates.

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