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Upper Midwestern U.S. House Delegation Votes 13-10 in Favor of Health Care Bill

Region supported amendment banning abortion services from bill by 12-11 vote

Was Ranked Choice Voting a Success in Minneapolis?

Less than half utilized 2nd choice option in mayoral race; voter turnout down by 25,000+ from 2005

Chris Coleman Posts Largest St. Paul Mayoral Victory in a Quarter Century

Coleman received 68.7 percent of the vote - one tenth of a percentage point higher than his 2005 victory when he unseated Randy Kelly

Minnesota Twins 3rd Most "Efficient" Franchise in Major League Baseball in 2009

Twins scrapped their way into the playoffs with 87 victories this year, with the 7th lowest salary in baseball at $65.3 million

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part IV: Age

Current crop of 2010 gubernatorial candidates is more 'seasoned' than Gopher State governors throughout history

Is Pawlenty Endorsement of Hoffman in NY-23 Contest the Death Knell for Liberal Republicans?

Pawlenty criticizes Republican nominee as someone "Undeserving of wearing the Republican jersey."

Bachmann Raising Significantly Larger Out-of-State Funds Per Capita from Obama States than McCain States

Obama states hold 10 of the top 12 slots in out of state per capita fundraising among itemized individual donors

Are PACs Getting Gunshy of Michele Bachmann?

Special interest PAC money to Bachmann's campaign is at lowest level since Q2 2006 GOP endorsement

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part III: Ethnic Heritage

Or, the end of Scandinavian dominance

When Will Minnesota (or Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota...) Elect a Woman as Governor?

After holding more than 300 gubernatorial elections across the Upper Midwest during the past 160+ years, the region has yet to elect its first female governor

Walz Has Largest Percentage of Contributions from In-State Donors; Ellison the Lowest

Ellison also raises more money from Californians than Minnesotans for the second consecutive quarter

Bachmann Continues to Lead Minnesota Congressional Delegation Fundraising from 'Regular Folks'

Bachmann continues to lead the Minnesota U.S. House delegation in several key facets, beyond the obvious fact that she has raised the most funds in 2009 among the state's eight U.S. House members

Bachmann Raises $29,000 on Day 2 of 'Send a Message to the Left' Campaign

Bachmann has now raised $118,093 in just two days through her new "Send a Message to the Left" campaign

'Cautionary' Drop in September Minnesota Unemployment Rate Is Largest in Decades

A Smart Politics historical analysis of unemployment data over the last four decades finds the 0.7-point drop from August to September to be the largest percentage point decline in jobless claims since at least January 1976

Bachmann 'Sends a Message to the Left': Raises $89,000 in One Day

Bachmann raised $313,685 in 90 days from January through March of this year, or an average of $3,485 per day

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part II: Where Are Political Careers Launched?

Only 14 of Minnesota's 38 governors were born in the Gopher State

Pathway to the Governor's Mansion in Minnesota, Part I: Political Experience

Overall, 79 percent of Minnesota's governors (30 of 38) had some form of state government experience before becoming governor

How Supportive Are Minnesotans of Gay Rights?

Polling conducted by Pioneer Press / MPR found narrow pluralities of Minnesotans to oppose an amendment banning gay marriage in both 2004 (49 to 43 percent) and 2006 (47 to 40 percent)

Will Minnesotans Ever Support Public Financing of a New Vikings Stadium?

In May 2009, a Rasmussen poll found 75 percent of Minnesotans against using taxpayer money to build a Vikings stadium

Midwest Has Highest Per Capita Rate of Iraq War Fatalities and Casualties

Minnesota has 5th highest number of fatalities in the nation in 2009



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Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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