Friday, December 23, 2005

Historical indicators

I'm sure most of us have heard the different historical indicators for election outcomes. Some examples include:

The last time a senator became president was JFK.
The taller presidential candidate usually wins.
A "war president" can't be beat.

I came across an interesting post over at lefty blog Broken Nails this morning. Someone left a comment about the history of Minnesota county attorneys running for statewide office.

According to the post, the last time a county attorney was elected to a statewide office was in 1930 when Floyd B. Olson was elected governor of Minnesota.

While Klobuchar might have a lead in endorsements, a number of factors stand firmly in the way of her winning..first and foremost is that no county attorney has won statewide office since the 1930's when Floyd B Olson was governor. (Source: Broken Nails, Dec. 22, 2005)

The comment left on Broken Nails also talks about how Klobuchar has racked up the endorsements early and how little that can mean.

Let's not forget DNC Chair Howard Dean, who racked up the endorsements in 2004, only to lose to John Kerry.

I highly recommend this reading. Sounds like the queen making just isn't working too well for Ms. Amy Klobuchar.

And for all my GOP friends, when was the last time a congressman was elected to a statewide office in Minnesota?

It was Rod Grams in 1994.


At 9:25 AM, Blogger Gary Matthew Miller said...

Grams was '94. But great post nevertheless.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

My bad. I meant 94, I was thinking six year term and got the numbers mixed up. I have fixed it.

Thanks Gary


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