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Associated Press, Published August 08 2012

Outside groups spend on Dem primary in Minnesota's 8th

ST. PAUL — Outside groups are spending significant amounts to sway voters for Democrats Tarryl (TEHR'-uhl) Clark and Rick Nolan ahead of Tuesday's primary in northeastern Minnesota.

The political arm of Washington-based Emily's List reported sinking more than $100,000 into TV ads and mail pieces for Clark on Tuesday and Wednesday. Emily's List helps women candidates who support abortion rights.

The group has spent more than $185,000 on the 8th District race since late July, including mailings supporting Clark and opposing Nolan and Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack (kruh-VAK').

Nolan is getting help from the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which has spent $137,000 on TV ads and mail pieces since mid-July. Nolan is the party's endorsed candidate.

The winner of the primary between Clark, Nolan and Jeff Anderson will challenge Cravaack in November.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.