It’s a high-profile political week in Minnesota with President Trump scheduled for a Wednesday evening rally at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says the 8th Congressional District U-S House seat is one of few in the U-S that “looks like a real possibility of a Republican pick-up…. Minnesota and the Duluth area are a prime political target for the Trump administration for the 2018 election, so it’s not a surprise to me that he’s already devoting some early attention to it.”
Schier says Democrats have a problem in the 8th Congressional District: five candidates running in the August primary, while Republicans have just one major contender who’s also a Duluth elected official. “Democrats have a real challenge here and Trump knows that, and that’s why he’s going to Duluth,” Schier says.
Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan is not running for re-election after barely holding onto the 8th District in the last two elections.