Eight District Congressional Race Heating up the Airwaves

By KBJR News 1

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The battle for Minnesota's 8th Congressional seat is heating up. Recent controversial TV ads have prompted some stations to pull the content from the air.

"I feel life on the Iron Range is under threat," says one Iron Range worker in a recent DFL campaign ad, "It's because of jobs and outsourcing that has gone over seas."

This ad from the Minnesota DFL party is creating quite the stir in the political scene.

"He's a pretender. He doesn't know how we live, he doesn't know where we're coming from. He doesn't even live in Minnesota anymore," said a steelworker from the ad.

Neill Atkins, the host of a political radio show in Duluth says this recent ad isn't sitting well with his listeners.

"On Nolan's Campaign, the most recent ad accusing Cravaack of not living in the state or in the district that is totally not true he does have a residence," said Atkins.

A tax bill obtained by the Northlands NewsCenter proves the Congressmen owns a home in North Branch, located in the 8th District.

Now, the DFL is sending out a revised version of this ad, taking out the portion suggesting Cravaack doesn't reside in Minnesota.

"There are people I have talked to that are pretty much undecided and because of that and a couple of other incidents that have recently occurred in the campaign they made their decision."

But for some the damage is done.

"They are voting for Congressman Cravaack," said Atkins.

Congressman Cravaack's Campaign responded to the ad in a statement today saying the people of the eighth district deserve honesty and that Nolan's attacks have been proven to be false.

The most recent star tribune poll shows Nolan is leading Cravaack 50% to 43% with seven percent saying they are undecided.

1,000 likely voters in the eight district were polled.