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  •  That is one cleanly-drawn map (0+ / 0-)

    a court-drawn one no doubt.

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:52:55 AM PDT

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    •  6-2 Democratic For Most Of Those Years Too..... (2+ / 0-)
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      Minnesota underwent a major political realignment in the 1998 and 2000 cycles, partially in response to a population surge in exurbia but not entirely.  Long-standing Democratic strongholds, particularly counties north of the Twin Cities area, turned into staunch Republican counties almost in a blink, while the moderate-tilting-Republican exurban counties west of the metro turned into Michele Bachmann country.  Meanwhile, the state's southeastern corner, which had long been the GOP's only real foothold in Minnesota, began to trend towards Democrats.   But the vote totals were by no means equivalent.  Republicans were seriously beginning to threaten Minnesota's blue state reputation during the first half of the Bush years, but a variety of factors froze those early 2000s GOP gains largely in place and they've either stalled or backslid since 2006.

      •  The realignment started much earlier, (2+ / 0-)
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        in 1990, when DFL feminist activists, after organizing for several years during the late 1980's, executed a deliberate strategy to purge as many pro-life Democratic legislators as possible, aided by the unexpectedly energetic candidacy for US Senate by relative newcomer Paul Wellstone.  The purge strategy occurred throughout much nation at the time, but in Minnesota it led to the 3-term DFL governor, Rudy Perpich, being defeated in a crazy general election by pro-choice Republican Arne Carlson, after the DFL feminist caucus implicitly backed the Republican, at first by helping with Arne Carlson's write-campaign.  Only in 2004 did the DFL really begin to recover from the internal "revolution" and field strong candidates again throughout the state instead of just ceding legislative districts to Republicans, finally paying off with the election of Gov. Mark Dayton in 2010 (20 years after the last Democrat held the office) and the subsequent collapse of the GOP in 2012.

        •  True, The Foundation For The Realignment.... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....was laid earlier in the 90s.  But through the early-to-mid-90s the political alignment at the geographic level largely held, with the suburban donut being center-left, east-central Minnesota being reliably Democrat, western exurbia being center-right, and southeastern Minnesota remaining strong GOP turf.  1994 was a Republican year all around but 1998 and 2000 were largely neutral political environments when the transformation happened very rapidly at the local level.  Within four years, Wright County went from a swing-GOP-tilting county to a GOP stronghold.

      •  MN-02 seems to have stopped its trend though (0+ / 0-)

        Obama won it both times, I believe.

        “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

        by KingofSpades on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 02:33:56 PM PDT

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        •  That's because MN-2 is a completely different (1+ / 0-)
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          district now.  He's referring to it when it was the SW corner of the state plus the western exurban iteration.  The current MN-2 is slowly trending DFL I'd say.  With the housing crash it's movement is probably non-existant at this point.

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