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Smart Politics Google Reader Subscribers: Transition Reminder

A reminder to those readers of Smart Politics' reports who subscribe through RSS via Google Reader: as per Google's announcement in March, Google Reader will be retired on Monday, July 1st and you will need to transition to a new reader before then to retain your subscriptions. Popular options for...

Smart Politics Now on Twitter

A quick blog update: as of today you can now also follow Smart Politics on Twitter....

Smart Politics On WCCO-TV's "Good Question": Obama and His Blackberry

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier was interviewed by the always-affable Jason DeRusha for his "Good Question" segment on WCCO-TV Tuesday evening. The "Good Question" at issue was, "Why Can't the President Use E-Mail" - in light of Barack Obama's recent announcement that he would be giving up his Blackberry when he...

Smart Politics ‘Post-Election Preview’

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...

Smart Politics on WCCO-TV's "Good Question"

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier was interviewed by Jason DeRusha on WCCO-TV's "Good Question" segment during Tuesday night's 10 o'clock telecast. DeRusha's Good Question tonight was, "Does the Vice President Pick Matter" Ostermeier explained why a VP pick is not a predictor of how a party's ticket will fare in November...

Smart Politics Listed As Top 10 Most Influential Blog in Minnesota

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...

Smart Politics On "The Blog Bunker" Today

Smart Politics' Eric Ostermeier will be a guest on Sirius Satellite Radio's "The Blog Bunker" program this afternoon. The lively political talk program, hosted by Joe Salzone, broadcasts from 4pm - 5pm CST on Indie Talk 110....

Smart Politics to Live Blog at MN GOP Forum

Smart Politics will be blogging live today at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at a program on the state of the Republican Party in Minnesota and conservative movement. From the Humphrey press release: The State of Minnesota's Republican Party and Conservative Movement Tuesday, January...

Smart Politics Live Blogging at Klobuchar Event

Smart Politics will be blogging live from 12:00-1:30 pm at an event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) at the Humphrey Institute on Monday, April 2nd. The event will feature Minnesota DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar, who will speak on global warming and renewable energy....

Smart Politics on Spring Break

Smart Politics is taking a slightly early spring break, but will return with normal postings in one week - March 16th. Our RSS feeds will remain active, so please be sure to check back for the latest headlines in Upper Midwestern politics....

Smart Politics Meets Twin Cities Public Television

Smart Politics blog author Eric Ostermeier is now also a regular on-line commentator for Twin Cities Public Television's Almanac: At The Capitol website. Ostermeier is part of that website's "Brain Trust" - a collection of political opinion leaders who write brief essays on the current issues affecting state politics in...

End of the Year Thank You

Smart Politics would like to thank our readers who have helped give this blog a great start since our launch in September 2006 - especially those of you who have written in support and who have contributed with comments. Smart Politics has heard from students, citizens, politicians, college administrators, and...

The Day After: Smart Politics Scorecard, Part I

In the coming days Smart Politics will have extended coverage of the 2006 state and federal election results. In this morning's summary entry, we can report the following results on Smart Politics' scorecard for its projections in federal and gubernatorial races: Governor: 100% (4 for 4) U.S. Senate: 100% (2...



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Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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