Stauber Ready to Put Politics Aside After 8th District Victory

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 07, 2018 06:17 PM

HERMANTOWN, Minn. - Now that the election is over, Pete Stauber says he is ready to put politics aside. 

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The Republican won another contentious 8th district race with 51 percent of the vote. Wednesday morning around noon, he still had not slept since Election Day. Despite the lack of sleep, he said he had already met with his staff to start preparing for the future. 

Stauber said he is looking forward to some rest but that he will be in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday for freshman orientation. He said when he gets there, it's not about political affiliation but about the citizens of the 8th. 

"We all have the same wants, needs and desires, just a little bit different on how we get there," he said. 

The former Duluth police officer got President Donald Trump's stamp of approval during and after the campaign. Trump mentioned Stauber in a press conference Wednesday morning. 

"Pete Stauber of Minnesota, great guy. He's new and ran a fantastic race," Trump told reporters. 

But Stauber said the high profile Republican support won't necessarily define how he operates in D.C. 

"I will never follow any party or any individual blindly. I will do what I think is best for our district," he said. 

Alisa Von Hagel, an associate professor political science at UW-Superior, said the 8th district stood out from the national landscape. 

"It was distinct in that it was the only seat anticipated and also actually came to be the only seat in the House that flipped from Democrat to Republican," Von Hagel said. 

She said Stauber's success could be attributed in part to his early start. 

"The Republicans had their nominee much earlier in the process," Von Hagel said. "So he was able to spend much of the summer campaigning for the general election, campaigning against the Democrat, whoever it was."

It ended up being Joe Radinovich, but that wasn't known until the Aug. 14 primary. 

Stauber said Radinovich called him Wednesday morning to officially concede. He said it was a short, cordial conversation and that he appreciated the call. Stauber said he hopes to also talk to Ray "Skip" Sandman, the Independence Party candidate, soon. 


Baihly Warfield

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