Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Special Elections Review

SD 19
Amy Koch (R) 51.83%
John Deitering (DFL) 31.46%
Del Haag (IP) 16.61%
Wtire-In 0.1%

Voter Turnout was 12.7%
(Source: Secretary of State, Nov. 23, 2005)

SD 43
Terri Bonoff (DFL) 54.44%
Judy Johnson (R) 45.50%
Write-In 0.6%

Voter Turnout was 20.9%
(Source: Secretary of State, Nov. 23, 2005)

Bottom line is that we lost a Senate seat and voter turnout was poor in both elections. I'm going to predict right now that Judy Johnson, should she run in November next year, will beat out Bonoff. Koch's seat will still be our in 2007.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

What the hell is your basis for that? Bonoff walloped Johnson in a previously Republican district, while the Republican Party is floundering, statewide and nationally. It'll get a whole lot worse for Johnson and the Republican Party before it gets any better.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

I have to agree with North Star Politics. Recruit a moderate republican - someone like Mary Tambornino, if you want to win that seat back. 20% turnout for a special election is good turnout. There's no way a Republican who supports criminalizing abortion will win this seat.

Judy Johnson was hurt by blowing a question about intelligent design creationism. In Minnetonka voters are rather sensitive to that issue - since they've got that creationist Dave Eaton on their school board. (My guess is they will remedy that as soon as they get a chance).


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