During a Debate Minnesota forum with Congressman Tim Walz at Minnesota State--Mankato during last year's campaign, Allen Quist famously repeated (until college students in the audience were lip syncing) that we must "unleash the lion" of free enterprise.
Quist lost that election, and lost big in Minnesota 19A, receiving only 37.05 percent of the total in November 2012.
Unleashed from the phrase, "unleash the lion" became a touchstone for mirth in the race. Now that Clark Johnson has won the DFL primary with 66.29 percent of the vote, and thus the field set, Bluestem hopes that Quist will unleash the lion of his catchphrase once more.
Creative friends have drinking games devised.
Here are the results for the primary today (for a few minutes, it looked as if St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand had scored by in Kasota, but sharp-eyed friends noted that the early totals were an exactly match for Terry Morrow's figures in 2012, and thus a reporting error; this proved to be true and Clark Johnson took the lead):
State Representative District 19A Results By Precinct
|CLARK P. JOHNSON||641||66.29%|
The seat, which includes all of Nicollet County and Kasota, as well as parts of Mankato, became vacate with the resignation of Terry Morrow to take a job in Chicago. The special election is Tuesday, February 12.
Image: Photoshop of Allen Quist by Ken Avidor.
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