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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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Who Has Won the Most Votes in US Senate Electoral History?

Only three of the Top 10 and nine of the Top 50 vote-getters of all time are currently serving in the chamber.

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Six for Thirteen

Collin Peterson remarked last month that he is leaning to run for reelection to Minnesota's 7th Congressional District in 2016. If he does and is victorious, he will creep even closer to the top of the list of the longest-serving U.S. Representatives in Minnesota history. The DFL congressman is only the sixth Minnesotan to win at least 13 terms to the U.S. House of the 135 elected to the chamber in state history. Peterson trails 18-term DFLer Jim Oberstar (1975-2011), 16-term Republicans Harold Knutson (1917-1949) and August Andresen (1925-1933; 1935-1958), and 14-term DFLers Martin Sabo (1979-2007) and John Blatnik (1947-1974). Andresen died in office, Sabo and Blatnik retired, and Knutson and Oberstar were defeated at the ballot box in 1948 and 2010 respectively. At 70 years, 7 months, 11 days through Monday, Peterson is currently the ninth oldest Gopher State U.S. Representative in history. DFLer Rick Nolan of the 8th CD is the seventh oldest at 71 years, 1 month, 23 days.


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.


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