Former FBI analyst joins spirited race
DFLer Leah Phifer touts her experience as a counterterrorism expert.
WASHINGTON – The race for one of Minnesota’s most intensely contested congressional seats is getting more crowded.
Former FBI counterterrorism analyst Leah Phifer announced over the weekend she is challenging incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan for the DFL endorsement in northeastern Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. Republican Pete Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner and former pro hockey player, has been building a campaign since summer. And Stewart Mills, who narrowly lost to Nolan in the last two elections, is weighing a possible third run.
The sprawling Eighth was among the most expensive congressional battlegrounds in the nation last year, as Nolan held his seat against a tidal wave of cash from outside the state — and even as President Donald Trump carried the district.
“This time won’t be any different, I’m sure,” Nolan said Tuesday.
But since Nolan withstood two well-funded challenges from Mills in what were mostly good years for Republican candidates, some focus could shift