Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. (11/06/2012)
At this late stage, for most campaigns the time for persuasion is over and all efforts are given to getting supporters to actually vote. On the last day before the election, Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack spent the final hours of the campaign to rally supporters in the southern part of the 8th District. His challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, tried to fire-up Democrats in the northern part of the district. (11/05/2012)
On the last weekend before the election, Minnesota Republicans and Democrats were making final appeals to get their supporters to the polls. (11/03/2012)
Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack and his DFL challenger, former Rep. Rick Nolan, met for their final debate Wednesday afternoon at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia. (10/31/2012)
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)