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8th Congressional District primary: Stauber, Schultz to face off in general election

The two easily defeated their primary challengers.

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Pete Stauber, left, and Jen Schultz
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DULUTH — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, of Hermantown, and state Rep. Jennifer Schultz, of Duluth, advanced Tuesday as the Republican and Democratic 8th Congressional District candidates, respectively, to the November general election.

The two easily beat their primary challengers.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Stauber had 91% of the vote, while his Republican primary challenger, Duluth's Harry Welty, had 9% of the vote.

Schultz had 86% of the vote while her Democratic primary challenger, John Munter, of Warba, had 14% of the vote.

On Tuesday, Stauber, a former Duluth police officer and St. Louis County commissioner, was once again endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who held a rally in Duluth to campaign for Stauber in 2018, just months before Stauber was elected to his first term in Congress.

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Trump made Tuesday's announcement on his social media site Truth Social. It came just hours after the FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence for materials he took from the White House. Stauber said on Twitter that the raid was "a weaponized politicization of the FBI."

Stauber did not release a statement on Tuesday's results.

Schultz, who holds a doctorate degree in economics and is a professor at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has represented the eastern side of Duluth in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2015. In March, a few weeks before announcing her run for Congress, she announced she would not seek a fifth term in the Minnesota Legislature.

“I am thrilled to have the confidence and support of DFLers voting in today’s primary, and I want to thank every voter for taking the time to engage in our democratic process," Schultz said in a news release Tuesday evening. "My team and I have been working hard, and we’re excited to be focused on the general election in the fall."

This is Welty's second loss to Stauber in a primary. He lost in the August 2020 Republican primary with just 6.25% of the vote. Welty is a former Duluth School Board member and is known locally for his snow sculptures.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Welty said he didn't expect to do well against Stauber and referred people to his website, lincolndemocrat.com .

"What I have put in my blog is important for voters to consider and Pete Stauber is the wrong person for us to send to Congress. If he is reelected I will watch him closely and am prepared to run against him again if he continues to deny the truth and threaten our Democracy," Welty said in an email to the News Tribune.

When Munter, a retired Delta Air Lines employee, announced he was running against Schultz, he said it was over his staunch opposition to copper-nickel mining.

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This story was updated several times with updated vote totals. The final version was published at 11:06 a.m. Aug. 11. It was originally posted at 10:44 p.m. Aug. 10.

Jimmy Lovrien covers energy, mining and the 8th Congressional District for the Duluth News Tribune. He can be reached at jlovrien@duluthnews.com or 218-723-5332.
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