Food for thought: U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar's re-election in northern Minnesota is now considered as safe as Rep. Tim Walz's in the moderate First District, according to the Cook Political Report.
Cook moved the Eighth District race from "Likely Democratic" to "Lean Democratic" yesterday, another indicator of Republican Chip Cravaack's presence in the longtime DFL stronghold. Oberstar was elected in 1974 and has been largely safe for his entire career.
After a raucous debate in Duluth on Tuesday, the pair will face off again this Friday in Grand Rapids.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."