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Is Norm Coleman Truly the GOP Preference for Its 2010 Gubernatorial Nominee?

Early poll, though omitting candidates, suggests Coleman's wait-and-see approach is working

Bachmann vs Franken in 2014: A Dream Matchup?

Scenario could also be best chance for 3rd party revival in Gopher State

Bachmann and Paulsen Are Biggest Fundraisers in 5 of Minnesota's 8 Congressional Districts in 2009

Bachmann, Paulsen, and Kline outraising DFLers by nearly $30,000 in DFL districts and by more than $600,000 in GOP districts

Ellison Ranks 6th Among MN U.S. House Delegation in Itemized Individual Fundraising from His Own 5th CD

Only 6 percent of large donor funds from 5th CD residents have gone to Ellison this year

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



Political Crumbs

Strike Three for Miller-Meeks

Iowa Republicans had a banner day on November 4th, picking up both a U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat, but Mariannette Miller-Meeks' defeat in her third attempt to oust Democrat Dave Loebsack in the 2nd CD means the GOP will not have a monopoly on the state's congressional delegation in the 114th Congress. The loss by Miller-Meeks (following up her defeats in 2008 and 2010) means major party nominees who lost their first two Iowa U.S. House races are now 0 for 10 the third time around in Iowa history. Miller-Meeks joins Democrat William Leffingwell (1858, 1868, 1870), Democrat Anthony Van Wagenen (1894, 1912 (special), 1912), Democrat James Murtagh (1906, 1914, 1916), Democrat Clair Williams (1944, 1946, 1952), Democrat Steven Carter (1948, 1950, 1956), Republican Don Mahon (1966, 1968, 1970), Republican Tom Riley (1968, 1974, 1976), Democrat Eric Tabor (1986, 1988, 1990), and Democrat Bill Gluba (1982, 1988, 2004) on the Hawkeye State's Three Strikes list.


Larry Pressler Wins the Silver

Larry Pressler may have fallen short in his long-shot, underfunded, and understaffed bid to return to the nation's upper legislative chamber, but he did end up notching the best showing for a non-major party South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate in more than 90 years. Pressler won 17.1 percent of the vote which is the best showing for an independent or third party U.S. Senate candidate in the state since 1920 when non-partisan candidate Tom Ayres won 24.1 percent in a race won by Republican Peter Norbeck. Overall, Pressler's 17.1 percent is good for the second best mark for a non-major party candidate across the 35 U.S. Senate contests in South Dakota history. Independent and third party candidates have appeared on the South Dakota U.S. Senate ballot just 25 times over the last century and only three have reached double digits: Pressler in 2014 and Ayres in 1920 and 1924 (12.1 percent). Pressler's defeat means he won't become the oldest candidate elected to the chamber in South Dakota history nor notch the record for the longest gap in service in the direct election era.


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