Minnesota's 8th congressional district

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Minnesota's 8th congressional district
Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Rick Nolan (DCrosby)
Area 27,583[1] mi2 (71,440 km2)
Distribution 37% urban, 63% rural
Population (2000) 614,935[2]
Median income $37,911
Ethnicity 95.1% White, 0.5% Black, 0.4% Asian, 0.8% Hispanic, 2.6% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI D+1[3]
External image
THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 8th CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 8th congressional district covers the northeastern part of Minnesota. It is anchored by Duluth, Minnesota which is the fourth largest city in state. It also includes most of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. The district is best known for its mining, agriculture, tourism, and shipping industries.

Politically the district leans Democratic with a CPVI of D+1. However, the state DFLers in this district, particularly outside the Duluth area, are not as liberal as their counterparts in the Twin Cities[citation needed]. Nonetheless, elected Republicans are few and far between. Republican strength is concentrated in the district's southern portion, which stretches into the outer northern portion of the Twin Cities.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Rick Nolan, who defeated incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack in November 2012, Republican Stewart Mills in 2014 and 2016.[4]

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
58th [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] March 4, 1903 District created
58th60th James Bede Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
61st65th Clarence B. Miller Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
66th William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
67th68th Oscar Larson Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1925
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
69th70th William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
71st72nd William Pittenger Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
73rd District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
74th William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
75th John Bernard Farmer-Labor January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
76th79th William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
80th93rd John Blatnik Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 1947 –
December 31, 1974
Resigned
93rd Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
94th111th Jim Oberstar Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 2011
Lost re-election.
112th Chip Cravaack Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
Lost re-election.
113th- Rick Nolan Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 2013 –
present
First elected in 2012.

Recent elections[edit]

Year Election Nominee Party Votes % Nominee Party Votes %
2002 General James Oberstar Democratic 193,959 69 Bob Lemen Republican 88,423 31
2004 General James Oberstar Democratic 228,509 65 Mark Groettum Republican 112,657 32
2006 General James Oberstar Democratic 194,677 64 Rod Grams Republican 101,744 34
2008 General James Oberstar Democratic 240,586 67.6 Michael Cummins Republican 114,588 32.2
2010 General James Oberstar Democratic 129,072 46.6 Chip Cravaack Republican 133,479 48.2
2012 General Rick Nolan Democratic 192,748 54.5 Chip Cravaack Republican 161,113 45.5
2014 General Rick Nolan Democratic 129,089 48.5 Stewart Mills III Republican 125,357 47.1
2016 General Rick Nolan Democratic 178,893 50.2 Stewart Mills III Republican 176,821 49.6

Competitiveness[edit]

Election results from presidential races:

Year Office Results
2000 President Al Gore 49 - George W. Bush 44%
2004 President John Kerry 53 - George W. Bush 46%
2008 President Barack Obama 53 - John McCain 45%
2012 President Barack Obama 52 - Mitt Romney 46%
2016 President Donald Trump 54 - Hillary Clinton 38%

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota congressional districts by urban and rural population and land area" (PDF). US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2008 & 2012" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota's 8th Congressional District election, 2016 - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2016-11-14. 

Coordinates: 47°15′01″N 92°57′50″W / 47.25028°N 92.96389°W / 47.25028; -92.96389