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Continued: There's a rare forecast for top Republican primaries: Competitive

Two years later, Democrats again ponied up a primary worth watching. In the quest to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the northern Eighth District, three Democrats canvassed the district for votes through August. Ultimately, former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan bested his rivals and tossed Cravaack from office a few months later.

Those contests did siphon DFL cash from other contests and caused some (apparently short-lived) ill feelings among DFL faithful, but the Democratic candidates with primary supremacy also won over November voters.

Rachel Stassen-Berger

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