Newspaper article MinnPost.com

DFL Would Make History by Winning 2018 Governor's Race Sans Dayton

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

DFL Would Make History by Winning 2018 Governor's Race Sans Dayton

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It may be early for most of us to think about Election 2018, but Eric Ostermeier in Smart Politics looks through the state's history and finds that the DFL has never won back-to-back elections for governor with different nominees.

His story -- "Life after Dayton: Can Minnesota Democrats make history in 2018?" -- notes that Dayton could run for a third term, but has said he won't.

And while Democrats have won consecutive gubernatorial elections seven times in history, they've always been with the same nominee, most recently Dayton in 2010 and 2014.

Writes Ostermeier: "The party has been unable to marshall support for its gubernatorial agenda with an outgoing administration; Gopher State voters to this point have only been enamored enough to reelect a sitting Democratic governor - never to vote a new one into office as a fellow party member exits. …

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