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.
No major party gubernatorial candidate from the Gopher State has even been nominated for the office at 70+ years old.
The pop diva joins a list that includes two ex-governors, a state senator, a conductor, a Beatle, an educator, a basketball coach, and a labor leader.
The election of Hillary Clinton – let alone the GOP nominee – will likely close off the oft-rumored pathway to the Supreme Court for Minnesota’s popular senior Senator