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Duluth News Tribune: Stauber ready for his close-up in 8th District race

“Right now, we are laser-focused on what the 8th District needs and where we’re going with the campaign — the grassroots strategy that we put forth,” said Stauber, who launched his campaign last summer. “The team we’re assembling and have assembled, it’s going very well.”

In praise of Nolan’s service, the candidate thanked the congressman for, of all things, his support of mining. It was a deft thrust for someone new to the bigger political arena — making it seem as if Nolan had come along to Stauber’s side of the street on a critical issue.

In a way, some have come around. Voters in the 8th District prevailed for Donald Trump in 2016, giving the Republican Party hope it can turn the congressional seat red during the November election.

“This district is changing and it’s changing because Iron Range folks realize Republicans support mining and jobs much more than Democrats do,” said Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt. “They have done a lot to block off projects from happening and people probably vote with their jobs.”

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