Hundreds At DFL Rally In Virginia

By KBJR News 1

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 8:24 AM CDT

Local Iron Range delegations were there, along with special guests Congressman Jim Oberstar and Governor candidate Mark Dayton.

It was packed from wall to wall and out the door at Thursday nights rally in Virginia, a city in a county where some say races are lost or won.

"Mark Dayton and Yvonne Prettner Solon would not be on the ballot if it wasn't for Saint Louis County," said 6th District Senator Tom Bakk.

Local Iron Range officials and state officials met and greeted hundreds of visitors at the Miners Memorial Building.

Governor candidate Mark Dayton says even with days left before the election, he is working down to the minute.

"You want it to be over but you want to win so, you know, I'm nervous. You just got to keep working very hard until next Tuesday when the people decide." said Dayton.

Long time standing Congressman Jim Oberstar is facing what may be his toughest opponent in years, but says he has faith in the eighth district.

"A different climate; different spirit among the people, same result. We're going to win; double digits. It's going to be a good year for the democrats," said Congressman Jim Oberstar.

Officials says Thursday's turn out is an indicator of the importance of the race, in an area like the Iron Range.

"Because the country is in such economic times and things have been tough, I think you're seeing it all over the country where people are stepping back and saying where do we want to go," said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

And come November second, the Iron Range and Minnesota, will decide.

Representative Jim Oberstar is facing republican candidate Chip Cravaack.

Mark Dayton is facing republican Tom Emmer and independent candidate Tom Horner.