Before Democrats get too worried about the northern Minnesota fight, they'll take notice of the polls partisan breakdown. The sample included 32 percent Republicans, 28 30 percent Democrats and 40 percent independents. The district tends to have a hue a bit more blue. Last year, 54 percent of Eighth District voters voted for Nolan and 51 percent voted for President Obama.
The poll was conducted last week and included 410 respondents. It has a margin of sampling error of 4.84 percent, which means that either Nolan or Mills could actually be leading.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
Just hours after his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lashed out at the debate moderator, complained about his microphone and threatened to make Bill Clinton's marital infidelity a campaign issue.
With a spirited challenge from GOP challenger Stewart Mills, Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN8) faces the political challenge of his career. Can he cement his impressive 2012 win, or will this district simply become the state's political metronome.