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Campaigning for Stauber Starts Early in the Northland

The race to raise funds in Minnesota's 8th is already on. The race to raise funds in Minnesota's 8th is already on. |  Photo: C-SPAN

Updated: January 18, 2019 08:52 AM

It's been 10 weeks since election day. Two weeks since the new Congress was sworn in. And one week since his first speech on the House floor.

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Now, the Pete Stauber campaign is looking ahead to the next election. On Tuesday, fundraising emails went out that said, "I've been working for you in Congress for just under two weeks now, and the Democrats are already out to get me." He then cites a Star Tribune article, saying, "Democrats already have our district on their list, even before I was sworn in."

Dr. Alisa Von Hagel, associate professor of political science at UWS, told us, "It is an expensive district to run in. And it definitely is increasing, the amount it takes to run a successful campaign. You have to raise money for ads and traveling across the district. And it's flipped between Democrats and Republicans in recent years."

She believes that Stauber's seat was one of only two that changed to red during the blue wave. "Certainly those candidates who flipped a district from one party to the other, they will worry about more fundraising that incumbents who've got 3 or 4 terms or so."

She added that early campaigning can lead to the fed-up feeling towards the end of the races. 

Stauber's predecessor, Rick Nolan, had pushed to change the dialing for dollars and the way campaigning works. But in the end, millions were spent for and against him, and millions also for and against Stauber.

Von Hagel said she thinks people in the 8th will likely see high profile visits again, in 2020.

Stauber's congressional office sent a statement on Friday: "While the Congressman's campaign is still operating, he is completely focused on working for the people of MN-08."

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