Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? Wright County Edition

Welcome to the inaugural edition of "Are you smarter than a 5th Grader: Wright County"

I could not resist responding to a piece at Wright County Republican, a piece that outlines that...

Since Governor Pawlenty beat Mike Hatch by 21,000 votes in a statewide race...


taking 19 close House and 11 close Senate races that did not "go red", with totals that shockingly add up to less than 21,000...


T-Paw has a mandate to do whatever he wants. A mandate greater than the Legislature's


Comparing a statewide race to SELECT individual House and Senate races is comparing apples and oranges. Both are fruits, but are otherwise completely different.

I was working on a more comprehensive post outlining the numbers from each House and Senate District, showing the statewide support for Democrats and the issues Democrats campaigned on.

201 House and Senate seats is a lot of work! So, check out the comparison maps over at MPR.

Gaining 19 seats in the Minnesota House and 6 seats in the Senate is a stronger mandate than T-Paw squeaking out a 21,000 vote win with more than 2 million votes cast.

Despite Mike Hatch's mistakes in the final weeks, a 21,000 vote victory and capturing 46.7% of the vote is not a mandate.

If Governor Pawlenty has a mandate, then why post less than 24 hours later a prediction that Gov will back down to the DFL, despite having a mandate less than 24 hours earlier?

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