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Rick Nolan gets DFL endorsement but primary battle looms in 8th District

Rick Nolan, who served three terms in Congress from 1975-81, continues his comeback with a convincing endorsing win Saturday at the 8th District DFL convention in Duluth.

But despite his 76 percent margin on the first ballot, Nolan still will face an Aug. 14 primary against party challengers Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson.

Clark declined to participate in the endorsing convention. Anderson spoke at the convention after being nominated by state Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia and getting speeches on his behalf from state Rep. Carly Melin of Hibbing and state Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth.

The winner of the primary will face GOP freshman Congressman Chip Cravaack.

The Duluth News Tribune said Nolan “roused the crowd, striking populist themes:”

“It’s a fact: Our poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer and the middle class are getting crushed,” Nolan said.

He called for an end to the war in Afghanistan, an end to Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, a single-payer universal health-care plan, and protection of Social Security and Medicare.

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