Cravaack may just leave; Nolan comeback turns heads

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8) gave an interview to the Star Tribune, essentially saying that he is likely leaving politics and Minnesota to rejoin his family in New Hampshire. It’s interesting reading for those who followed one of the most closely-watched congressional races in the country.

Cravaack did not close the door on a return to politics, but an immediate comeback in Minnesota’s Eighth District appears unlikely. State Republicans are trying to keep him in the mix for future campaigns, but it appears his heart is not in those ideas at this time.

Meantime, Rep.-elect Rick Nolan (D-MN8) was named the nation’s biggest comeback story by Stu Rothenberg at Roll Call. Nolan’s three-decade self-imposed absence from politics still fascinates many on the Beltway.


  1. Leaving Minnesota, you say? I didn’t see that one coming.

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