Cravaack, Oberstar to Debate in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - The District 8 U.S. congressional candidates in Minnesota are gearing up for a debate tomorrow and political analysts say the gap between the candidates may be bigger than a recent poll suggests.

Analysts say they aren't convinced Republican Chip Cravaak is a threat to long-time incumbent Democrat Jim Oberstar - pointing to a recent push poll in which pollsters set the stage before asking head to head questions.

And though Cravaack recently launched a TV commercial, he has not raised as much funding.

Oberstar brought in more than $1.5 million dollars as of the end of September, compared to Cravaack's $244,000.

Cravaack can boast almost all of his campaign funds are from donors from within the district and state.

Oberstar's funding comes mainly from PAC's and outside donors.

The analysts say that is typical of long-time Congressmen.

"I think Jim Oberstar has enormous support locally, I think it's probably true that he doesn't work at raising lots and lots of money from local folks because he really doesn't need to, said analyst Wy Spano*.

The debate between the two candidates will be at the DECC at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

You can also catch it on "My 9" at 7 pm that night.

*(Wy Spano is an Oberstar contributor according to opensecrets.org.)

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