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Nov 29, 2010

Ramsey County gov recount process runs smoothly

Election workers and campaign volunteers huddled up in the Plato building near downtown St. Paul on a rainy afternoon after the holiday weekend, and began their part in the tedious task of reviewing more than 2.1 million ballots statewide.

Nov 17, 2010

Emmer recount bid faces seemingly impossible odds

The likelihood that Tom Emmer can overcome a nearly 9,000-vote deficit in the governor's race is exceedingly slim.

Nov 5, 2010

Republicans launch PR offensive as both sides lawyer up

The morning after the election, Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton and Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb gathered the bleary-eyed Capitol press - who had been sitting up into the early morning hours waiting for a verdict on the Minnesota gubernatorial election - and began sounding off on the prospect of an automatic recount.

Nov 3, 2010

Prelude to a recount

Mark Dayton became the first DFL governor-elect in 24 years under the unlikeliest of circumstances on Tuesday night, beating Republican Tom Emmer by a final margin of fewer than 10,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast. The exceedingly slim margin - less than half of one percent - will trigger an automatic recount.

Oct 27, 2010

State’s strangest legislative contest, four candidates vie for Senate District 12 seat

By the standard political barometers, Paul Gazelka should be a runaway favorite to win the Senate District 12 seat. The former state House member took the GOP primary by 14 percentage points in a district that's seemingly firm Republican turf.

Oct 22, 2010

DFL hopes to avenge Dean Johnson’s surprise 2006 defeat

The last time around, Senate District 13 in western Minnesota played host to one of the most intense legislative races in recent history. Republicans, DFLers and several independent groups waged an expensive and pitched battle there in 2006 that culminated in the defeat of Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, by a razor-thin 553 votes.

Oct 22, 2010

Emmer struggling in greater Minnesota

A late September poll from the Star Tribune found Emmer and Dayton running neck-and-neck in outstate Minnesota with 35 percent apiece, but a mid October KSTP/SurveyUSA poll put Dayton ahead in all regions.

Oct 22, 2010

In demographically split District 4, first-term Sen. Olson looks to hang on

In the 2002 election that followed Minnesota's last round of redistricting, the three seats that comprise Minnesota legislative District 4 - which includes the city of Bemidji, Cass County and parts of Itasca, Beltrami, Hubbard and Crow Wing counties - were swept by Republicans. Some believed the results were a harbinger of reliable GOP dominance in the area.

Oct 15, 2010

GOP’s Demmer guns for an upset over Walz 1st Congressional District

Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has traditionally served as a bellwether for national political trends. In 1994 Republican Gil Gutknecht rode a surge of Clinton midterm discontent in wresting the seat from Democratic hands. A dozen years later, Tim Walz ousted Gutknecht as Democrats nationwide capitalized on anger at the Bush administration and the Iraq War.

Oct 8, 2010

Republicans believe they have a chance to defeat incumbent Foley

Prior to the 2004 election cycle, Sen. Leo Foley was the only DFLer representing Senate District 47. But that year Democrats took over both House seats, and they have been able to keep hold of all three posts in the suburban district ever since.

Sep 29, 2010

Republicans anxious to reverse recent DFL gains in Pawlenty’s old stomping grounds

In 2004, Jim Carlson took on first-term Republican Rep. Lynn Wardlow in House District 38B. The race was a decidedly uphill battle.

Sep 29, 2010

Both parties stress pro-business credibility in eastern metro swing district

Prior to the 2006 elections, the people of Senate District 56, which covers much of Woodbury and north-central Washington County, had an entirely Republican delegation in St. Paul. But when the votes were counted that year, the district's Republicans - two representatives and one senator -had all been swept out of office, victims of a pro-DFL swing that averaged 11 points in each of the area's thr[...]

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