Boehner and Cantor pitch in to help Cravaack raise money

WASHINGTON – Top Republican leaders in the U.S. House are pitching in to help first-term U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack try to hold onto his seat ahead of what’s likely to be a tough campaign.

House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other GOP leaders attended a fundraiser just a few blocks from the Capitol Thursday afternoon to help Cravaack and four other House Republicans representing potentially swing districts. Attendance cost a minimum of $5,000 per political action committee present.

The news was first reported by National Journal.

Cravaack defeated longtime DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar in 2010 but Democrats believe they can win back the 8th District this year. So far, Cravaack has raised more than $1 million and has $628,000 in the bank.

Earlier this week, all six DFL members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation took part in a Capitol Hill fundraiser for Rick Nolan, who received the DFL’s endorsement to run against Cravaack. Nolan still faces a primary challenge from Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson.

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