But we've been pressed--so here goes.
Both fail, though it's a long night.
Obama will comfortably win the State of Minnesota.
United State Senate
Nolan squeaks in the Eighth, all other incumbents hold. Blame Golnik. Reward group or factor of your choice.
Walz takes the First with 56-57 percent of the vote; Peterson wins by 55-56 percent. Both opponents depart from politics, but hang around fringes of religious right.
The rest are holds, with Graves coming closest.
SD4 Kent Eken--Phil Hansen
SD17 Lyle Koenen--Joe Gimse
SD22 Alan Oberloh--Bill Weber
SD24 Vicki Jensen--Vern Swedin
SD26 Judy Ohly--Dave Senjem
DFL pickups/resdistrict holds:
Tom Saxhaug takes SD5; Kevin Dahle takes SD20; John Hoffman in SD36; Melisa Franzen takes SD49; Jim Carlson in SD51; Greg Clausen in SD57
Bellwethers: Look to these. If the Democrat wins in these seats, the DFL will be having a great night. If none, not so great.
HD1B Marc DeMers--Debra Kiel
HD2A Roger Erickson--David Hancock
HD5A John Persell--Larry Howes
HD12A Jay McNamar--Scott Dutcher
HD14B Zachary Dorholt--King Banaian
DFL pickups/redistricting hold:
Brita Sailer in HD2B; Tom Anzelc in HD5B; Tim Faust in 11B; David Bly in 20B; Jerry Newton in HD37A; Barb Yarusso in HD42A; Ron Erhardt in 49A; Laurie Halverson in 51B
A bad DFL night: Liebling and Norton lose in Rochester, Andrew Falk in Western Minnesota, Patti Fritz in Faribault/Owatonna. Not likely. The Kath seat in 24A will go to the GOP, most likely. If not: another sign it's a good DFL year.
This isn't really Bluestem's cup of coffee, but there you have it.
Off to the Western border...
Photo: Tea leaves. We're coffee drinkers (above) SD 22 DFLer Alan Oberloh. Because the lege so needs a full man beard (below).