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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 12:49 PM

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) won't run for re-election in 8th District (Minnesota)


U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday that he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2018.

"Now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation," Nolan said in a statement announcing his retirement.

Nolan, 74, has won two tough re-election battles in his northeastern Minnesota district since his election in 2012.

After a months-long dalliance with a run for governor in 2018, Nolan announced last summer that he would run for re-election in the Eighth Congressional District.

In a one-page statement issued Friday, he promised to "finish strong" the remaining months of his term.

DFL is the Minnesota term for Democrat. This is a traditionally blue district that flirted with a Republican rep for one term and then settled on Nolan. But it went for Trump in 2016 and is seen as much more of a tossup. Nolan was facing an endorsement challenge from an inexperienced and in some ways problematic candidate; this retirement makes the district's future even more uncertain. It was expected to be the most expensive House race in 2018, and this is going to blow it wide open. It's going to be a fucking mess.

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