The retired Navy Reserve and Northwest Airlines pilot defeated the longest-serving congressman in Minnesota history early Wednesday, edging out Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and joining a Republican wave that won the party a U.S. House majority.
Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar fell victim to the GOP's nationwide blitz, losing to upstart Republican Chip Cravaack in an astonishing ouster for an 18-term congressman with a perch atop the powerful House Transportation Committee.
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