Analyst: Clark to have tough time in 8th District

4:01 PM, May 9, 2011   |    comments
Clark to face Cravaack in 2012
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hamline University Political Scientist professor David Schultz said former State Senator Tarryl Clark will have a tough time running in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. Clark lost her bid to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the 6th District in 2010.

Democrat Clark made an announcement on the internet saying that "Minnesota Families need a voice in Congress with the right priorities. We need someone who will fight for good paying jobs, protect our seniors' dignity in their later years and stand up for middle class families instead of Wall Street, Big Oil and Big Insurance."

Clark spent millions on the race against Republican Bachmann, who spent even more, making it the most expensive Minnesota Congressional campaign.

Rep. Chip Cravaack upset long-time Democratic incumbent James Oberstar in the 8th District. Schultz attributed Cravaack's win, in part, to lackluster campaigning by Oberstar.

Clark has said she will buy a condo in Duluth, which is in the Northeast Minnesota 8th District. There is also the possibility that 2012 redistricting will move Clark's hometown of Saint Cloud from the 6th to the 8th District.

Schultz said he thinks Clark will have a hard time winning over the heavily Democratic Iron Range and City of Duluth. "I think she is going to have the 'carpetbagger' or sort of desperation image. It is going to look like she could not win running against Michele Bachmann. Now, she is going to move somewhere else to try to run for Congress. The 8th District has its own unique identity in terms of the Iron Range and the Duluth area," said Schultz.

Schultz said it is a different set of politics in the Iron Range and Duluth than in St. Cloud.

Clark was not available for further comment on Monday after declaring her intention to run on Sunday.

Cravaack issued a terse statement that he is "looking forward to engaging whoever the DFL endorses..." in the race.

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