After a months-long dalliance with a run for governor in 2018, Nolan announced last summer that he would run for re-election in the Eighth Congressional District.
DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday he will retire from Congress and not seek re-election this year.
In a statement, Friday, however, after listing his accomplishments, Nolan said, "there is a time and a goal for everything and now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation".
This puts a dent in the Democrats plan to retake the House as they have pounced on districts of GOP representatives who have chose to retire. "Our Constitution is strong, our people are resilient, and the elections of 2018, 2020 and beyond provide continuing opportunities for progress, reform and necessary change".
Nolan's departure is the latest move that makes Minnesota one of the most intriguing battlegrounds in the nation for the 2018 midterms.
In a letter announcing his retirement, Nolan said that he planned to finish his term in Congress "strong".
Mr. Nolan represents Minnesota's 8th Congressional District northeast of the Twin Cities in the Iron Range, which includes Duluth.
Nolan was first elected to Congress as the Representative of Minnesota's then-6th Congressional District in 1974, an office in which he served through 1981.
Nolan narrowly defeated Stewart Mills of Mills Fleet Farm fame twice to hang on to his seat.
Last fall, Mills said that he wouldn't run against Nolan for a third time, and criticized the National Republican Congressional Committee for its failure to adequately support his campaign.
The top Republican candidate in the race is Pete Stauber, a former police officer and one-time professional hockey player, who has raised $256,000 and has $136,600 on hand, according to The Hill.
NRCC spokesman Matt Gorman claimed the seat "was already one of our best pickup opportunities and we look forward to turning this seat Republican in November".
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