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  •  It might be true (1+ / 0-)
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    that our educational system is not so hot, but I'd be willing to bet that Coleman does better among voters with MORE education, and the DFLers among those with less.  This is how it generally works, unfortunately.  A better answer is probably that the suburbs are growing in MN and the cities are not-- thus more Republican gains.

    •  Probably a nasty combination. (0+ / 0-)

      I know quite a few people who, while despising Bush on social issues, voted for him because it benefited them economically.  

      I do have to imagine, however, that the general degradation of the education system in Minnesota has led to a loss of empathetic and logical voters who would normally go Democrat.  Plus, the northern labor vote probably isn't as helpful as it once was.

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      by bwide on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 10:17:47 AM PDT

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    •  it's the suburbs (0+ / 0-)

      Coleman's core constituency is the suburbs of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Outstate is mostly a wash. He gets blown out in the cities. In 2002 he won maybe 2 or 3 precincts in Minneapolis and a big fat zero in St. Paul. I remember looking at a map of election results where the Twin Cities metro area looked like a big red doughnut with a blue hole in the middle.

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      by Joe Bob on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 01:49:52 PM PDT

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