uesday’s election exposed electoral challenges for both Democrats and Republicans moving forward. Democrats suffered all but one of their majority-costing statehouse losses in districts outside the Twin Cities and their suburbs.
Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he’s wishing the victor, Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton, success because he wants Minnesota to succeed. Johnson lost his bid Tuesday to oust Dayton after a single term.
GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.
Minnesota’s most senior member of Congress, Collin Peterson, has won his 13th term. Voters in western Minnesota’s 7th District are sending Democrat Collin Peterson back to Washington after he withstood a vigorous challenge from GOP state Sen. Torrey Westrom.
Democrat Mark Dayton won a second term Tuesday as Minnesota governor in the capstone race of his long political career. He defeated Republican challenger Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner who portrayed Dayton as having been around too long and bungling several issues while in office.
U.S. Rep. and former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been elected to a ninth term in Congress. Ryan defeated Democrat Rob Zerban on Tuesday. It was the second match between the two. Zerban also ran unsuccessfully against Ryan in 2012.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum has won an 8th term in Minnesota’s east metro 4th District. McCollum defeated the Republican candidate, attorney Sharna Wahlgren, and Independence Party candidate Dave Thomas, an Iraq War veteran.
Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has won a fourth term representing Minnesota’s west suburban 3rd District.
It is not news when Republicans try to block access to the ballot box for poor, minority and elderly voters. What is unusual is that Republicans are admitting it.
Most of Minnesota’s 2012 election results are on the verge of becoming official. The five-member State Canvassing Board planned to ratify vote counts for races across the state.
I find interest in the circus surrounding people in the fifty states of the Union petitioning to secede from the United States since President Barack Obama was reelected two weeks ago, I’ll be the first to admit that any state seceding from the Union is a terrible idea.
The Buck Starts Here wishes a happy Thanksgiving to our readers. For progressives there is much to be thankful for this year.
Grover is the ultimate in single interest constituencies in Washington. He is not accountable to anybody. He does not disclose who funds him, who pays him to do what he does or how much he is paid to blackmail GOP Members of Congress to sign his pledge not to raise taxes.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is obviously in the wrong business. He is becoming more of a television celebrity by the minute and getting much better reviews as a television performer than as governor.