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On the eve of Election Day, Smart Politics would like to thank its growing audience for making this blog your home for non-partisan analysis of Upper Midwestern politics.

Throughout this campaign season our readership has mushroomed, and our coverage of Upper Midwestern politics will only intensify after November 4th.

In addition to conducting several analyses over the coming weeks situating the significance of the 2008 election results in a historical context, we will soon be launching our coverage of the new legislative sessions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota – as well as tracking the new Upper Midwestern Congressional delegation to D.C.

Smart Politics also plans to cover key press conferences at the Capitol in St. Paul, and will conduct more exclusive interviews with policymakers, journalists, and political bloggers in 2009.

Thanks again for reading and engaging with Smart Politics…and enjoy your election party!

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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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