Tuesday's election is on track to give Republicans a 72-60 majority in the lower chamber, and would signal a near-reversal of the 73-61 majority Democrats won in 2012.
Of those who show up at the polls, swing voters, not the party base, determine elections in our new political system.
Will the Republican Party of Minnesota overcome recent struggles and wrest back control of the lower chamber, thus ending the state’s two-year experiment with single-party control?
The Democrats’ central party fund spent some $2.2 million on independent expenditures and had about $440,000 cash on hand as of the Oct. 20 reporting date, which edges out Republican numbers.
If three Republican Senate candidates lost — because of better-than-expected Democratic turnout, last-minute shifts in the race, or dumb luck — Republicans would come up just short of a majority.
The GOP base appears no less irate than at any other moment in the Obama era, and the party leadership’s plans look no more coherent or calibrated to the times.
The Minnesota House speaker is confident the DFL will retain the majority even though conservatives are hopeful of their odds to regain control after two years.
The deadly disease originating in Africa is an issue with scant traction in governor’s campaign, but the Senate challenger is using it as a cudgel.
Four years after she was shot in the head and went on to inspire millions with her recovery, Gabby Giffords continues to push for tighter gun-control laws, but few candidates are willing to rally to her cause.
House GOP leader says campaign visits by top Democrats signal weakness
East Metro DFLers have an election fight on their hands.
The Clintons are an asset at a time when many Democrats need a big name to help inspire supporters.
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