States of the Union: Minnesota

Monday, September 01, 2008

As the GOP convention gets under way, we look at the politics of the host state, Minnesota. We find out why the race between Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken is not as close as expected and what Minnesotans thought of all the buzz surrounding Gov. Tim Pawlenty as a potential vice presidential pick. Plus, a look at whether Minnesota will be a battleground in November. Joining us live from St. Paul is Pat Doyle, reporter for the Star-Tribune.


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Comments [1]

Christopher Johnson from Bronx

I was disappointed that Pat Doyle of the StarTribune did not give a better answer to the question relative to the origins of the DFL Party. The Minnesota party that is currently affiliated with the national Democratic Party is the result of the 1944 merger of the Minnesota Farmer Labor Party and the Minnesota Democratic Party. A number of national and international forces were at play in 1944, but also, at the state level, prior to the merger it was easier for the Minnesota Republican Party to win elections by plurality.

Sep. 01 2008 01:14 PM

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