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An audience member makes a hand gesture to Jim Oberstar to tell him his speaking time is up at Tuesday's debate between Oberstar (below right) and challenger Chip Cravaack (left), opponents in the 8th Congressional District. (Bob King /

Crowd sparks fiery 8th District congressional debate

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Jim Oberstar and Chip Cravaack didn't just face each other Tuesday morning at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Auditorium: They faced angry mobs of their opponent's supporters.


Just seconds into the first comments by DFLer Oberstar, Cravaack supporters began to shout the long-term incumbent down with calls of "liar'' and "Obama Junior.''

When challenger Cravaack's turn came, Oberstar supporters responded in kind.

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