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Fanning drops out of 8th District race, but many Cravaack challengers remain

Democrat Daniel Fanning has withdrawn from the 8th District congressional race, saying he doesn't have the time or money to get the party's nod to challenge freshman GOP Congressman Chip Cravaack, says WDIO-TV in Duluth.

In a note to supporters, he said: "I'm grateful for the contributions we have received. However, I simply haven't been able to secure enough funding to be able to proceed in the way we want to."

Fanning is an Iraq war veteran and former staffer for Sen. Al Franken. He jumped into the 8th District race in October.

Others seeking the party's nomination to run against Cravaack are: former Congressman Rick Nolan, Duluth City Council Member Jeff Anderson and former state Sen. Tarryl Clark.

In a statement, Nolan said this about Fanning:

“Daniel Fanning’s class, energy and focus on progressive issues have been a huge and positive contribution to this race. He clearly has a promising future and I can’t thank him enough for the depth of intelligence and conviction that he brought to the campaign. I look forward to working with him to unify behind our party’s endorsed candidate, defeat Chip Cravaack, and take back the Eighth District for all the people who need to matter once again in Washington.”

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The persistent rumor on the Range this morning is that Daniel Fanning did this as a way of cutting a deal with Rick Nolan. Rick is open about his desire to only serve a term or two and then pick his own successor. He has been begging Jeff Anderson and Daniel Fanning to step aside and become his man in waiting. Apparently Daniel finally accepted the offer. If Rick wins, watch for Daniel Fanning to run in two years with a retiring Rick Nolan's endorsement.