(KSTP.com) October 29, 2010
by Lauren Radomski
A Minnesota congressman nearly untouchable for years may be in for the fight of his life.
A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows 8th Congressional District Rep. Jim Oberstar leads Republican challenger Chip Cravaack by only one percentage point – 47 to 46.
Oberstar, who was first elected to the House in 1974, has not received less than 59 percent of the vote in 18 elections.
Steven Schier of Carleton College says Oberstar’s votes on three key issues are hurting him: health care, cap and trade and federal stimulus funding.
In the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Cravaack gets 87 percent of Republicans, while Oberstar gets 84 percent of Democrats. Cravaack has a 24-point lead among Independents.
The last Republican to represent the 8th District was elected in the 1940s.