Brainerd, MN (NNCNOW.com)
-- Representative-elect Rick Nolan secured every northland county en route to his 8th Congressional District victory.
The Duluth Area, the North Shore and the Iron Range all went to Nolan while Cravaack dominated the western and southern areas of the eighth district, including Nolan's home county, Crow Wing.
Nolan re-took Minnesota's Eighth District Congressional Seat in last night's election, defeating Congressman Chip Cravaack, 54 to 45 percent.
Nolan's ground game included heavy campaigning in the northland.
His campaign just needed to get the left leaning northland electorate to polls, which did happen, voter turnout was high.
The Secretary of State is reporting Minnesota had it's highest voter turnout in the 2012 general election.
Nolan was confident that this strategy would work, showing cautious optimism in Brainerd last night.
"I guess Yogi Beara would say it's Déjà vu all over again," said Nolan in his victory speech at the Brainerd Hotel. "The way to get this economy, and this country back on track is to rebuild the middle class."
Nolan demanded an economy for the middle class with a progressive agenda after declaring victory early Wednesday morning.
"Put an end to the top down economics, start building it back up."
A more somber tone was felt in Hinckley as Congressman Chip Cravaack and his supporters got word of his defeat.
He conceded after Nolan broke a five hour long results standstill after the polls closed, jumping ahead around one in the morning.
"I gave it my all, I left everything on the field for the men and women of the Eighth. It was a privilege to serve them. I wish Congressman Nolan well, as he continues to serve the Eighth district," said Cravaack.
While addressing the crowd in Brainerd, Nolan said his first action in Washington would be to overturn the Supreme Court decision allowing unrestricted campaign spending by unions and corporations.