U.S. House, District 08, 2012 Election


Date: November 6, 2012
Cycle: 2012
Office: U.S. House
State: Minnesota
District: 08
Counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Saint Louis, Wadena
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Richard M. (Rick) Nolan Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 191,976 54.28 +8.89
Chip Cravaack Incumbent Man Republican 160,520 45.39

Nolan previously served Minnesota's 6th Congressional District from 1975 to 1981. Nolan was the 10th Minnesotan to serve nonconsecutive terms in the U.S. House and the first since 1938 (Republican William Pittenger). The 32-year gap between terms was the longest in state history with the previous long being 14 years (Republican turned Farmer-Laborite Ernest Lundeen).


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 2013-2014 (p. 511).