Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is slated to hold a fundraiser for GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack. Coleman, who lose his reelection bid to DFL Sen. Al Franken in 2008, is holding the fundraiser for Cravaack at The Minneapolis Club on Friday. Individuals are being asked to contribute $500. Political Action Committees are being asked to contribute $1,000.
Cravaack is expected to face a tough reelection battle in 2012. He defeated DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar in 2008.
Democrats are hoping that they can defeat Cravaack. Four Democrats, Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark, Daniel Fanning and Rick Nolan are all running or are pondering a challenge to Cravaack.
One key question is how the congressional boundaries are redrawn. The 2010 Census requires Gov. Dayton and the Legislature to redraw the state’s political boundaries to ensure equal representation. The state’s courts will take over the process if Dayton and the Legislature can’t agree on a new set of lines by February 21.