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Nov 19, 2010

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Phoenix Woman

Considering the state of the economy and how much money was thrown into the elections by outside groups working on the RPM's behalf, I'm amazed it wasn't worse, really. One thing that may have stemmed the tide locally, as it did nationally, was the rise of the Republican far right, repackaged as the "Tea Party". Tea Party candidates lost twice as many US House races as they won, and one could argue that had the RPM gone with Marty Seifert instead of the Tea-Party-endorsed Quistian Tom Emmer, they would have won the Governor's chair this year. Instead, they went with Emmer, and it looks like a non-trivial number of sane Republicans bolted for Dave Durenberger's old Chief of Staff, Tom Horner, enough to give Mark Dayton the win.

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