Good morning. Welcome to Monday and the start of a new work week. Here’s the Digest.

1. A new poll in Minnesota’s 8th District shows a tight race between incumbent DFL Congressman Rick Nolan and his Republican challenger Stewart Mills. The KSTP/Survey USA poll shows Mills leading 45-41 with a 4.1 margin of error. The poll that was conducted early last week also shows Donald Trump with a healthy lead over Hillary Clinton in the district, 47-35 percent. The rematch between Mills and Nolan is one of the most expensive races for Congress in the country. (KSTP)

2. Republicans are pushing hard to unseat the chair of the state Senate Taxes Committee. Democrat Rod Skoe has represented Senate District 2 for four terms, but special interest groups are targeting the race. The parties have mobilized behind their candidates. Paul Utke, an insurance agent who serves on the Park Rapids City Council, is Skoe’s opponent. The state Republican Party is helping his get-out-the-vote efforts. Skoe is getting campaign help from Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who also represents the area. (MPR News)

3. Health care is becoming a big issue in campaigns around the state. Candidates for the Legislature say they’re hearing a lot about it as they knock on doors. That explains the rush to do something and blame the other party for the problems with spiking premium costs. (Pioneer Press)

4. Hillary Clinton is hoping to run up a big lead in early voting states, but she’s also looking past Trump and campaigning for candidates down the ballot. In particular, she’s hoping to help bring Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate across the finish line with her. (New York Times)

5. Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman acknowledged that Trump is trailing Clinton, but said he still has time to come back. “We are behind. She has some advantages,” Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s Meet the Press, adding that those advantages include that Clinton “has a former president, happens to be her husband, campaigning for her; the current president and first lady, vice president — all much more popular than she can hope to be. And she’s seen as the incumbent.” (CNN)

Gov. Mark Dayton wants a special session agreement with legislative leaders to address skyrocketing health insurance costs. Tim Pugmire | MPR News.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s ready to call a special session to address rising health insurance premiums, if House and Senate leaders can quickly agree on a fix.

Dayton wants to provide financial assistance, likely in the form of tax breaks, to Minnesotans who will be hit hard by 2017 premium increases for coverage purchased on the individual market. He specifically wants to help the 120,000 people who are not eligible for federal tax breaks.

During a news conference Friday, Dayton said he is proposing to use the $313 million scheduled to be added to the state’s rainy day fund later this year.

“Right now, it’s not just raining, it’s pouring on some Minnesotans,” Dayton said.

Dayton said a special session could come before or after the Nov. 8 election. But he wants agreement on an action plan by Nov. 1, so that people know what kind of help is on the way before the start of open enrollment. He urged lawmakers to set aside their political disagreements over the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) to find a short-term solution.

“During the past couple weeks some legislative leaders have said this special session is critical. It is now time to walk the talk and agree upon a solution to provide much-needed relief,” he said.

House Republicans, who have long opposed the state implementation of the federal health care law, pledged a willingness to address the issue. But in his response to Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Zimmerman,  also continued to blame Democrats.

“House Republicans are committed to working quickly on ways to reduce costs and address the health care crisis Democrats created.” Daudt said. “It is my hope we can find areas of agreement and provide needed relief to Minnesotans suffering from the effects of Obamacare.”

Senate Democrats made their pitch for a special session on Thursday.

Last week, Dayton offered a surprisingly frank assessment of the ACA, saying it “is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.” The comment has since surfaced in campaign ads against Democrats.

Dayton, who’s been a longtime supporter of the law, began his news conference by saying he regrets that his statement was “wrongly used” that way. He also said he has been in contact with Obama administration officials to offer clarification and additional context. But Dayton said he stands by the statement.

“Those are the people we want to help,” he said.

U.S. Rep Erik Paulsen at his Eden Prairie campaign headquarters on Friday. Brian Bakst | MPR News

Updated at 1:45 p.m. with Bonoff statement

Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen says he is likely to write in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s name for president.

In his first interview since disavowing Republican nominee Donald Trump, Paulsen told MPR News Friday that he is intent on voting for a Republican anyway.

Rubio came in first in Minnesota’s Republican precinct caucuses in March and won in Paulsen’s 3rd Congressional District. A few weeks later he was out of the presidential race. Rubio would have to certify as a write-in candidate for the vote to be tabulated. (Rubio has said he intends to vote for Trump.)

Earlier this year, Paulsen said he anticipated voting for the party nominee, but later said Trump would have to earn his vote. Paulsen didn’t rule out a vote for Trump until the emergence of a video where the New York businessman is caught talking crudely about women.

“I was hoping he could earn my vote,” Paulsen said. “It’s pretty clear he hasn’t, and he can’t.”

Paulsen said he would not back either Libertarian Gary Johnson nor independent candidate Evan McMullin.

“I’m a Republican, so I’m going to vote Republican,” he said.

Paulsen is in a tough re-election race. The campaigns are drawing millions of dollars in outside TV ads. His opponent, state Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, has made Trump a theme of her campaign and hammered Paulsen for not doing enough to stand up to Trump.

Bonoff issued a statement on Paulsen’s intention to vote for Rubio.

“Voting is a privilege and a responsibility, but Erik Paulsen throws away his vote like it means nothing,” Bonoff said. “Wasting a vote as a member of Congress who didn’t have the courage to oppose his standard-bearer until a week ago does a disservice to the people of our community, our nation, and his party.”

Paulsen said he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see Democrat Hillary Clinton win his suburban district, pointing out that Democrat Barack Obama carried it twice.

He said voter frustration over the tenor of this year’s campaign demands that the next Congress and president leave the bickering behind.

“People expect results. They expect solutions. And I’ll just keep working on issues that truly matter to people. We just need to make sure we have folks that are thoughtful and that are going to be working across the aisle and moving the ball forward on important issues,” Paulsen said.

“Regardless of who is elected president you are going to need leaders on trade, for instance. I’m very discouraged that both of the candidates are not talking about the opportunities with a trade agenda. I’m going to be pushing for a very robust trade agenda,” he added.