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October 18, 2012
Could Perot endorsement of Romney swing Minnesota?
Ross Perot's endorsement of Romney was made in an op-ed in the Des Moines Register but could it have an effect in Minnesota, too? The national media sees Minnesota as solidly Democrat. It isn't. In 2010 Mark Dayton became the first Democrat governor in 20 years. The fact is the Land of 10,000 Lakes has always had a weakness for outspoken loons. In 1992, Ross Perot earned 23.96% of the vote in Minnesota compared to his national average of 18.91%. Perot then attempted to create a third party. It fizzled in most places but the Independence Party of Minnesota traces its origin directly to Ross Perot's 1992 presidential race. Political analysts across the nation were shocked in 1998 when Minnesota voters elected Independence Party candidate Jesse Ventura governor. While the "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" Independence Party has yet to match that accomplishment it has consistently played the spoiler. Both Senator Al...(Read Full Post)