gozer wrote:looking at the county, local, and precinct-level maps in this race, i am wondering if sen-elect baldwin did more advertising, or maybe all of it for that race, in the duluth media market. am i correct in this hypothesis?
If your hypothesis is based upon the oddly blue counties on Lake Superior, then you're not correct. They're always blue. I'm not sure why that is... perhaps the Duluth media market has something to do with it, but it might be an area where environmentalism is also a matter of survival.
As to Russ's loss in 2010, I think it's probably a combination of things that people mentioned, but mostly it was just timing. Democrats are shitty at off-year elections, though 2006 was surprisingly good to them, and 2010 had a lot of Teaper energy that swept Feingold out along with a lot of other good public servants. I hope Democrats are wary of 2014 as a potential bloodbath again. African Americans in particular need to realize that the President can't get much done if he doesn't have a supporting cast.