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Clark to run against Cravaack in the Eighth

Posted by: under 6th District, 8th District Updated: May 9, 2011 - 7:39 AM

Former state Sen. Tarryl Clark is planning another run for Congress, but this time she's picked a different Republican in a different District.

Clark announced Sunday she's filing papers with the Federal Election Commission to run against freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack in the Eighth District, something the DFL and Clark have been considering since at least February.

Clark told the Duluth News Tribune she and her husband purchased a condo in Duluth where they'd be spending “a good chunk” of time for the campaign.

Living in Duluth would put Clark in the heart of Cravaack's district — at least as it is currently drawn. Republicans will release their first congressional redistricting map Monday.

Clark's current home in St. Cloud is in the northern portion of Bachmann's Sixth District, which must lose more than 90,000 people for 2012 through redistricting. St. Cloud could conceivably wind up in the Sixth, Seventh or Eighth Districts, something that likely won't be determined until early next year.

Clark would have needed to commit to a race before then, and there are plenty of advantages to challenging Cravaack instead of Bachmann.

While Bachmann raised a record-breaking $13 million en route to a double-digit win against Clark in 2010, Cravaack eeked out a 1-point win in a Democratic-leaning district. He's considered among the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country, and national Democratic groups have already focused their attention there.

While others have hinted at running, Clark is the first DFL candidate to announce a congressional campaign in the Eighth. She comes in with some strengths: She is well known from the Bachmann race and raised $4.6 million in 2010. But she will also have to face charges that she's moving into the Eighth District for political gain.

In a statement, Cravaack spokesman Shawn Ryan said Sunday: “The congressman looks forward to engaging whomever the DFL endorses on the issues that matter to the Eighth District.”

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