Gov. Mark Dayton is throwing his support to former Congressman Rick Nolan in the complicated three-way 8th District DFL primary race.
The winner will face freshman Republican incumbent Congressman Chip Cravaack.
Dayton, who did not get the DFL nomination in his successful run for governor in 2010, is backing Nolan, the party’s endorsed candidate.
Also running is former state Sen. Tarryl Clark, who tried to beat Michele Bachmann in the 6th District last go-around but has moved north to the 8th this time. Clark is leading the race in fundraising.
Duluth Council Member Jeff Anderson is also in the running.
Said Dayton in a statement:
“I am proud to endorse and I enthusiastically support Rick Nolan for Congress. Rick is a true common sense champion for the middle class. As a former business owner, Rick has proven he knows how to create jobs and will always fight for working families.
“We need more than a ‘good vote’ in a Congress. We need a proven leader who can get past the partisan gridlock and get things done. We need someone that will fight to rebuild the middle class, protect Medicare and Social Security and invest in America’s infrastructure. Rick Nolan is clearly the person we need representing us in Washington.”
Dayton joins U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, along with many unions, in supporting Nolan in the race.