Minnesota: James Oberstar Endorses Rick Nolan in Democratic Primary

Former Rep. James Oberstar endorsed former Rep. Rick Nolan for Oberstar's old House seat. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. James Oberstar (D) has endorsed an old friend to take back his seat in Congress.

Today, he announced his official endorsement of former Rep. Rick Nolan in the Democratic primary for the chance to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack in the general election.

Oberstar's statement was a veiled message to Democrats to coalesce around Nolan over his primary opponent, former state Sen. Tarryl Clark.

"We can’t take back the House without taking back the Fighting 8th District," Oberstar said. "Rick Nolan will take back the Fighting 8th if we unite together as never before, and unite now, to defeat Chip Cravaack in the fall."

Both men came to Congress in the 1974 Watergate class. In mid-May, Oberstar attended a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for Nolan.

Cravaack's upset over Oberstar stunned state and national Democrats in 2010. As a result, Cravaack is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the House. Roll Call rates this race as Tossup.