Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Polls show former Rep. Rick Nolan leads in the 8th District congressional race, but only slightly. Most view the race as too close to call. The DFL challenger Nolan meets Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack in a debate this afternoon. (10/31/2012)
Tea party supporters have not been as vocal this year as they were during the last round of Congressional elections, and that could be a bad sign for Republicans like Chip Cravaack who rode the conservative wave to Washington. (10/23/2012)
With three weeks to go until Election Day, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan debated Tuesday over the best ways to create jobs and provide health care. (10/16/2012)
Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger Rick Nolan debate for the third time today. (10/16/2012)
As Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and his Democratic challenger former Congressman Rick Nolan face off in Minnesota's 8th District Congressional District race, special-interest groups are on track to outspend their campaigns. (10/12/2012)
Cravaack is trying to win a second term in the northeastern Minnesota district, while Nolan is trying to make a political comeback by returning to Congress after having served three decades ago. (10/09/2012)
Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan are battling over Medicare in the 8th District. Both candidates have aired new TV ads on the subject earlier this week to criticize the other over who would better protect health care for seniors. (10/04/2012)
The United Steelworkers Union's endorsement is a major victory for Rick Nolan in the 8th District battle, and could help him unseat Chip Cravaack. The two candidates disagree on much. But both are quick to say that to win, they'll need to carry the Iron Range, where mining tops the list of important issues for many voters. (09/26/2012)
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Kurt Bills, met for their second one-on-one debate this morning in Duluth Tuesday, trading jabs on the deficit and unemployment. (09/18/2012)
The congressional race between Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 8th District is shaping up to be a close one -- especially in Aitkin. (09/11/2012)
Minnesotan Republican leaders say they are leaving the GOP convention confident that conservative Minnesotan voters will unite behind the party ticket. However, some delegates are heading home angry with the national Republican Party and its nominee, Mitt Romney. (08/31/2012)
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came out swinging at the Republican National Convention, listing off what he called one bad decision after another by President Barack Obama, from the health care overhaul to choosing Joe Biden as his vice president. (08/30/2012)
Eight months after she left the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann still retains a celebrity-like following. Using that, she whipped-up support among fellow Republicans for the Romney-Ryan ticket and downplayed any notion of another presidential run in the future. (08/29/2012)
As the Republican National Convention celebrates the nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, some of Minnesota's delegates say uniting behind the nominees is wishful thinking unless the Romney campaign starts to make serious overtures to them. (08/28/2012)
The Republican National Convention is set to convene Monday but will immediately recess until sometime Tuesday afternoon because a massive tropical storm named Isaac is churning in the nearby Gulf of Mexico. (08/27/2012)