No sitting or ex-attorney general has ever subsequently won the governorship in Minnesota – despite numerous attempts.
The top two constitutional offices in the Gopher State have been occupied by members of different political parties for 3,759 days since statehood (10+ years).
More than two-dozen former governors have been reelected back to their old seat over the last half-century.
If Lori Swanson does not run for a fourth term next year, Minnesota will have only one constitutional officer seek reelection for just the third time in over a century.
Record partisan winning streaks in races for governor can be extended, broken, or tied in 15 states holding elections in 2018.
Minnesota’s elections for governor have been decided by single digits in five consecutive cycles – the longest streak in state history.
The 2018 field has more than 50 years of service in elected state office – third most in party history.
Just three of the party’s 23 primaries for governor since the merger 73 years ago have been decided by single digits.
There have been more than five-dozen losing Gopher State gubernatorial hopefuls who ran again for the office; only five have been successful.
No sitting or ex-DFL U.S.House member has ever won their party’s gubernatorial nomination – or even competed in the primary.