Race of the Day: Nolan vs. Mills in Minnesota

Image: Stewart Mills
FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS - In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Minnesota Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, Stewart Mills, is interviewed in Brainerd, Minn. Mills faces Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan in the November general election. In addition to iron miners, the district is now populated by vacation home owners, more of whom are politically conservative and Republican. (AP Photo/Star Tribune/Glen Stubbe)Glen Stubbe / AP

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Democrat Rick Nolan served three terms in Congress beginning in 1974, then took a three-decade break until returning to Capitol Hill last cycle. Now that he’s back in the saddle, though, he’s discovering that times have changed as he faces a first-time candidate with deep pockets. Nolan, said to have maintained old-school attitudes about fundraising, has been outmatched by wealthy businessman Stewart Mills, prompting the DCCC to list him among their most endangered members. Mills is sure to get some media attention for more than just his quarterly FEC filings; with long blond hair and good looks, he’s been dubbed the “Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.”