About 11 o’clock tonight, the optimism that had been so high among DFLers began to fade.
Most at the Hilton still felt good about Mark Dayton’s chances to win the governor’s race.
But in a stunner, it appeared that the DFL could lose both houses of the Legislature, which seemed an impossibility entering Election Day. If that scenario plays out, it means that Dayton will be in the same position Gov. Tim Pawlenty was in most of the last eight years.