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Anderson gets Duluth newspaper endorsement in the 8th, Clark has the money and Nolan’s DFL-backed

Duluth Council Member Jeff Anderson gets an endorsement from the Duluth newspaper in the three-way DFL race to pick a challenger for Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack.

Anderson’s competitors each have their own advantages: Rick Nolan has the DFL endorsement, and Tarryl Clark has the money edge, spending $225,000 in the first 25 days of July, compared with $33,000 for Nolan and $19,000 for Anderson, federal campaign finance reports say.

The Star Tribune endorsed Clark over the weekend, saying:

Each of Clark’s two opponents would also be a worthy opponent for Cravaack … Of the three, Clark alone has shown that she can operate effectively in today’s rough-and-tumble partisan lawmaking environment. That ought to count for much with primary voters.

But the Duluth News Tribune likes the hometown guy:

“While his nationally known opponents have been raking in cash and collecting endorsements from all over, Duluth’s Jeff Anderson has been quietly and steadily — one parade and one conversation at a time — building support among those he’d actually represent: residents and others in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.”

And the paper says Anderson is “someone who spends more time listening than talking, who is open to compromise and who is able to work with people with whom he may not always agree.”

The three face off Aug. 14 in the primary, and the winner will then gear up to take on freshman Republican Cravaack.

Check MinnPost at 7 p.m. Monday for live coverage from The UpTake of the three-way DFL debate for the congressional seat in the 8th district.

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