In Tuesday’s election, Ellison kept up the DFL’s AG winning streak, which started in 1970. Republicans trailed in every statewide race, imperiling the party’s shot at its first statewide victory since 2006.
While attorneys general usually focus on key duties like representing state agencies in court and handling consumer protection cases, police reform has in many ways defined Ellison’s first term in office and become a major flashpoint in what polls show is a hotly contested reelection campaign.
A new poll found an improving mood among likely voters surveyed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a gloomy but largely unchanged one in Greater Minnesota and an outlook in the metro suburbs that is far worse than views in a June poll.
The Austin area was once a Democratic bastion, in part thanks to union support in the meatpacking industry. But in 2020, voters ousted the DFL state lawmakers. Tom Stiehm illustrates the type of candidate Democrats think might win in Greater Minnesota.
While the region has been DFL territory, GOP legislative hopefuls need only look to strong showings for Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber to know the region is truly up for grabs. Victories here will help determine who controls the state Legislature in 2023.
In 2018, Walz’s “One Minnesota” message fared reasonably well in Greater Minnesota, where the Mankato Democrat did better than some others in his party. Now he’s running for reelection as a St. Paul Democrat against a challenger who seeks to make larger inroads outside the Twin Cities metro.
The DFL has been losing support in northern Minnesota, and court-determined redistricting has changed the political map. A MinnPost analysis shows these five Senate races and 15 House races are the ones to watch in 2022.