They call it the “L” — the western and southern swaths of Minnesota that form the letter on the map. It includes mostly agricultural areas and an aging population that doesn’t always vote party line.
And a story by Forum Communications says it might hold the key to the governor’s race:
“Particularly for Republicans running statewide, if you don’t carry The L, you don’t win the race,” said state Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, who lost the GOP governor nomination to Tom Emmer last April.
“There is a mix of independent people out there,” added former state Rep. Doug Peterson, DFL-Madison, who is Minnesota Farmers Union president. “Those people are looking at what these candidates can do or cannot do for them.”
The story says DFLers traditionally do well in the big cities and Republicans do better in the suburbs, leaving the L to battle over.
And it’s interesting that this year none of the three major candidates are from Greater Minnesota; Mark Dayton’s lieutenant governor candidate, state Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon of Duluth, is the only one on the ticket to live outside the Twin Cities area.
And while none of the candidates have been particularly active outstate, the story says, maybe that doesn’t matter: It’s still early, and the farmers are talking about corn.