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August 2010


Wayzata: The Hamptons of Minnesota?

Small western suburban city of less than 5,000 residents has given $415,000+ to Minnesota U.S. House candidates - third highest in the state and less than $30,000 behind St. Paul

No Recipe for Success for Murkowski Write-In Campaign in Alaska

Senator Ernest Gruening's model for potential Murkowski write-in candidacy netted just 17 percent in 1968

Which States Host the Most Competitive Gubernatorial Elections?

New Mexico, Alaska, and Indiana have provided the tightest gubernatorial races in the nation since 1900; over the last three decades: Mississippi, Illinois, and Virginia

No Hometown Advantage for Michele Bachmann in Stillwater

Clark even with Bachmann in per-day fundraising from Stillwater; Congresswoman has shed top of the ticket GOP vote in the City in both 2006 and 2008

Murkowski Primary Struggles Just Another Day in Alaska Politics

Murkowski defeat would mean half of Alaskan U.S. Senators eventually failed to win their party's primary

Minnesota Unemployment Numbers and Trends at a Glance

Gopher State job data trend lines generally favorable compared to the nation and the Upper Midwest region

What Does Wisconsin History Say About Russ Feingold's Chances in 2010?

Five of six U.S. Senators from Wisconsin have won bids for a fourth term

And the Leader in Minneapolis Campaign Fundraising Is...Maureen Reed?

Former 6th CD DFLer who suspended her campaign more than two months ago has still raised the most money from Minneapolis residents of any U.S. House candidate this election cycle

Brett Favre Returns: How Many Games Will the Vikings Win?

Favre has 85-50 career mark against this year's Vikings opponents, including a 68-31 record against them vis-à-vis the team's 2010 home/away schedule

Loss by Herseth Sandlin in 2010 South Dakota US House Race Would Be Historic

Defeat of four-term Democratic Congresswoman would mark biggest fall since statehood for a South Dakota U.S. House incumbent in back-to-back contested elections

Minnesota Political Elites Backing Clark, Not Bachmann

Clark has received 400+ times more money from current and former Minnesota politicians than Congresswoman Bachmann

Will the Defeat of Handel and Anderson Kelliher Dash 'Year of the Woman' Prospects?

Female gubernatorial candidates still on track to break records for total number of nominees on the ballot and elections won in 2010, despite set-backs in Minnesota and Georgia

Dayton Eyes Minnesota History as Gubernatorial Campaign Moves Forward

Election of Dayton to a third statewide office this November would set multiple Minnesota electoral records

Bachmann vs Clark: Who's Receiving More Money from Minnesotans?

Bachmann raising $1.02 for every $1.00 Clark raises in Minnesota; Congresswoman outraising Clark in 48 of 50 states overall

Is Winning a Contested Primary in Minnesota a Path to General Election Success?

Many DFLers since 2000 who won less than 2/3 of the primary vote in statewide elections went on to win in November

Increased Partisan Opposition in Kagan Confirmation Vote Continues Historical Trend

Six of the last seven presidents have faced increased opposition to get their second SCOTUS justice seated; Kagan receives third most 'nay' votes among successful nominees in history

Humphrey Institute Event to Feature Minnesota Journalist Political Fact-Checkers

Panel of journalists to discuss political fact checking as the 2010 campaigns heat up in the Gopher State

You Say You Want a Revolution? Third Party Gubernatorial Candidates Thriving in 2010

Third party gubernatorial candidates rivaling 1994 for their best showing since the Great Depression

Can the DFL Win Minnesota's Governorship in the Face of a GOP Sweep of its Upper Midwestern Neighbors?

Democrats have won gubernatorial elections in Minnesota only four times since statehood without also holding one of its neighboring four states; last time was 1954

Emmer's Statewide Support Still Ahead of Pawlenty's 2002 Pace

Pawlenty did not poll at 30 percent until mid-October 2002 before winning first term