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Defeated Oberstar says he wouldn't change a thing

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar says he wouldn't change a thing.

Oberstar told reporters at his office in Duluth on Wednesday he'll be leaving office with peace in his heart, but also sadness after 18 terms representing northeastern Minnesota in Congress.

The Democrat narrowly lost to GOP challenger Chip Cravaack, a former Navy and airline pilot from Lindstrom who joined the Republican takeover of the House after painting Oberstar as out of touch.

Oberstar says he doesn't think any one single factor led to his defeat, but that he might have won had turnout been higher in St. Louis County.

He says he plans to reflect for a while and look for a new opportunity to serve in the public arena.

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