They will…if they hold all statewide offices, pick up the state house, and win a sixth congressional seat.
A Wall Street Journal column about Ellison’s attendance with the Nation of Islam leader at a 2013 dinner hosted by the President of Iran is not exactly making the rounds in the Gopher State.
No sitting or ex-attorney general has ever subsequently won the governorship in Minnesota – despite numerous attempts.
Appointees who had less than a year to run for their seat have historically fared notably better than those who had more than a year – but not in recent decades.
More than a dozen candidates who unsuccessfully ran for president since 1972 later ran for the U.S. Senate – just three were victorious.
Sitting or former U.S. Representatives have been elected to the U.S. Senate by Minnesotans in only four of 20 candidacies.
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).
After Tina Smith is sworn in, four states will have all-female U.S. Senate delegations.
Next year will be the 55th time in which a state simultaneously hosts elections for each of its U.S. Senate seats; in only eight cases has the electorate split its vote between two parties.
There have been only three longer stretches during which no Gopher State U.S. House member was defeated over the last 135 years.