Friday, March 17, 2006


MN-5 (?): Sabo Retiring

Don't get too excited here. This CD is Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope......a non-DFLer has a snowball's chance in hell of winning this seat.

That doesn't mean it will be an easy road through a primary. After finding out about Congressman Sabo's retirement, I asked several engaged folks in the room who they thought might give it a shot - within sixty seconds, a dozen names were mentioned, and not one got a "puh-leeze" look. Rybak, McLaughlin, City Councilors, State Reps, Senators, every major elected official in Minneapolis has licked their chops at least once today. Endorsements? Yikes. Primary? Yikes.

Luckily, it means this race is probably decided in September - a good warmup for the main events in November. Watching this race can also reveal interesting trends within the party, as those of us keeping closer track of statewide races will be able to draw some strong conclusions about the DFL base and their issue/voting patterns, useful for their applicability in a short election cycle.

Blogger lloydletta said:
This one will go to a primary. With tons of candidates, there's not going to be an endorsement.
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