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BlogNetNews.com recently rated Smart Politics as one of the Top 10 most influential blogs in Minnesota. Smart Politics is ranked among the top blogs that are "Most powerfully influencing the direction of the Minnesota political blogosphere.

On that note, Smart Politics would like to thank its old and new readership for its growing interest in and support for a blog that eschews spinning the political news of the day for partisan ends. Daily readers of this blog are well aware that Smart Politics is as likely to write an entry revealing facts and analyses which are as unfavorable (or favorable) to the agenda of Democrats as they are to that of Republicans.

While Smart Politics may not post as many entries as other blogs, it is "recycle-free": few political blogs post as high a dose of original content and independent research as Smart Politics. If you are a new reader, simply scour the list of our recent entries on this front page as an appetizer.

If Smart Politics is indeed influencing the Minnesota political blogosphere as BlogNetNews suggests, it is by shining a light on all political parties and ideologies, through an unvarnished historical lens that aims to elevate intelligent political discussion, unburdened by a political agenda.

Smart Politics looks forward to a thrilling home stretch to the 2008 elections, and thanks our readership (in Minnesota, across the Upper Midwest, and the nation) for taking the journey with us.

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Remains of the Data

Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

Political Crumbs

Seeing Red

Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


Home Field Advantage?

When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


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