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8th District Candidates Lose Home Counties, Dem Support Falls on Range

Joe Radinovich and Pete Stauber both lost their home counties in Tuesday's election. Joe Radinovich and Pete Stauber both lost their home counties in Tuesday's election. | 

Jon Ellis
Created: November 07, 2018 05:42 PM

Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich both lost their home counties in Tuesday's 8th Congressional District election.

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Stauber, who won the race with 50.7 percent support districtwide, received about 39 percent of the vote in St. Louis County, where he is currently a county commissioner.  Radinovich received 57 percent of the vote in St. Louis County.

Meanwhile, Radinovich received 39 percent of the vote in his home county of Crow Wing, while Stauber received 58 percent.

Radinovich won St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, and Cook counties, and Stauber won all of the other counties in the 8th District.  In previous elections, Democrats had received victories in Itasca and Koochiching counties in addition to the four Radinovich won.

Stauber's widest margin of victory was Morrison County at 68 percent, while Radinovich's widest margin of victory was in Cook County at 61 percent.

Despite endorsements from many Iron Range mayors and national media reports about Republicans gaining popularity on the Range, Radinovich still won within state House districts in the Hibbing and Virginia areas.  However, his margin of victory was smaller than Rick Nolan's in 2016.

Radinovich received 52 percent of the vote in Hibbing's District 6A, where Nolan had received 59 percent of the vote in 2016.  In the Virginia area's District 6B, Radinovich received just over 50 percent two years after Nolan received 56 percent.

You can break down the results for yourself on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

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