Entenza concedes early and waits to see who the DFL nominates

Running mate Robyne Robinson looks on as candidate Matt Entenza concedes Tuesday evening.
MinnPost photo by Daniel Corrigan
Running mate Robyne Robinson looks on as candidate Matt Entenza concedes Tuesday evening.

Barely an hour after the polls closed, in his steamy, crowded and noticeably multicultural campaign headquarters in St. Paul’s Midway area, Matt Entenza offered a brief and surprisingly upbeat concession Tuesday night.

A few of the college-age volunteers hugged and cried, but Entenza and running mate Robyne Robinson had to know their chances were tough; but could they have anticipated such a small — 18 percent — result? And barely 22 percent in Ramsey County, his home county.

In a broad analysis, he said Mark Dayton had a long record, and Margaret Anderson Kelliher had the DFL endorsement. “Both of them are strong candidates, and one of them will become the next governor of the state of Minnesota.”

He added: “It is clear that the voters have turned to the experience and the strength of the other two candidates,” he said.

For more specifics, Entenza declined to offer an an analytical post-mortem, saying he wanted to wait until the DFL candidate was decided.

He did, though, emphasize what he saw as his campaign’s strength among minority communities, such as the African-American, Hmong, Somali and Latino voters. He said he wants the DFL to continue to tap into those voters.

But here’s a sobering fact: With $5 million of his family’s fortune invested in the campaign, and with his total number of votes, when all is said and done, likely to come in at about 80,000 votes, it looks like it will cost him more than $60 per vote. An expensive defeat.

 Which leads to this: What’s next for Entenza?

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/11/2010 - 12:35 pm.

    What’s next for Matt Entenza?

    While many people opposed him because his wife, Mary Quam, earned a lot of money working for UnitedHealth Care. They seemed to consider the way that money was earned made both of them corrupt, although Ms. Quam left that company several years ago.

    Some, like me, always supported him for election and re-election to the State Legislature, but were sorry to see him back off from his previous support of a Medicare-for-All type of health care system for Minnesota. Until that happens (see John Marty’s Minnesota Health Plan info at http://www.muhcc.org) health care will continue to cost too much and provide too little.

    He still has a lot to offer Minnesota. He has demonstrated his ability to lead with his founding of the Minnesota2020 think tank that provides excellent analysis of important issues. And his awareness of our desperate need to change from an oil-based economy to one based on renewable sources, plus his knowledge of HOW, would seem a natural path to follow to a new career.

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