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Oberstar loses in northeast Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- An upstart politician upset U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar Tuesday by the narrowest of margins.

Republican Chip Cravaack edged Oberstar in the northeast Minnesota district 48 percent to 47 percent with 98 percent of precincts counted. The lead early today was just more than 4,000 votes.

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Oberstar has been a congressman since 1975 and rose to chairman of the influential Transportation Committee.

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