It was the only race that turned into a nail-biter. But by 3:34 a.m. Wednesday, the AP reported that James Oberstar, the 18-term veteran dean of the DFL's congressional delegation, had lost his job to GOP challenger Chip Cravaack, a man with no political experience at all.
St. Louis County, the biggest county in the 8th, is famously slow in tallying all of its votes -- the county's director of elections Patricia Stollee told us this afternoon she hopes to get everything in by 2 a.m. -- so if the race is close, it could be a long night before we know if Oberstar has been toppled by a neophyte.
And that's how it turned out out. Cravaack was up by 2,653 with 91.9 percent of the votes counted at about 2:30 a.m. Not long after ward, AP called the race for the neophyte.