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Cravaack, on visit from New Hampshire, endorses Dahlberg

Former U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack was back in northern Minnesota Monday, campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour and endorsing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg.

Cravaack, the Republican who stunned the region when he upset longtime DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional seat in 2010, lost in his re-election bid in 2012 to DFL challenger Rick Nolan.

Cravaack then moved east and currently lives in New Hampshire where he works for a private security company, he told the Duluth News Tribune editorial board on Monday.

“Some may think Chris is an underdog, but I know something about that,” Cravaack said in a Dahlberg campaign statement Monday. “I think Chris would be the best candidate for the Eighth District and for Minnesota.”

     Dahlberg, a St. Louis County commissioner from Duluth, is seeking the Republican Senate endorsement and nomination against seven other Republican candidates. The winner of an August party primary will go on to face incumbent DFLer Al Franken in November.