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Four (Almost) Famous Congressional Candidates
C-list actor, son of a former NBA all-star, brother of a comedian hit the campaign trail

Actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. is challenging Rep. Julia Brownley in California’s 26th District. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

The political media went into a frenzy last cycle when “Little House on the Prairie” actress and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Melissa Gilbert decided to run for Congress in Michigan. Even though the Democrat eventually dropped out before she matched up against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in the general election, it was clear that the media is hungry for any intersection of celebrity and politics.

This cycle, the early going has been meager on the celebrity front, but a handful of contenders have famous connections.

Vodka and Gelato Tycoon Challenging Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen
Did Democrats just recruit their own Stewart Mills?

Congressional candidate Dean Phillips says Democratic efforts to tie the incumbent to President Donald Trump didn't work last cycle. (Courtesy Dean Phillips for Congress)

long-haired, wealthy businessman whose last name evokes one of Minnesota’s largest family fortunes announced a run for Congress on Tuesday.

No, this isn’t the return of Stewart Mills — yet. (There’s talk the two-time Republican candidate would run again in the 8th District if Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan does not seek re-election.)

Republican Erik Paulsen Re-Elected in Minnesota's 3rd District
Incumbent has a history of winning ticket-splitters

Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen is re-elected in Minnesota’s 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen will defeat Democrat Terri Bonoff in Minnesota’s 3rd District, The Associated Press projects. 

Paulsen led Bonoff 57 percent to 43 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting.